| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Venezuela blames U.S., NATO for Ukraine conflict

Venezuela, a key Russian friend, blamed NATO and the US for the situation in Ukraine, where Russian forces were marching on Kiev less than a day into their invasion of the neighboring nation.

Venezuela’s foreign ministry claimed late Thursday that NATO and the US had breached the Minsk accords, a 2014 pact aimed at ending the conflict in Donbas, a separatist territory in eastern Ukraine.

On Friday, Russian missiles pummeled Kyiv, sending families fleeing to bunkers and officials warning locals to make Molotov cocktails to repel the Russian invasion.

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its worry over the worsening of the crisis in Ukraine, and laments the mockery and violation of the Minsk accords on the part of NATO, encouraged by the United States of America,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The derailment of these (Minsk) accords has violated international law and created strong threats against the Russian Federation, its territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as impeded good relations between neighboring countries.”

The South American country — whose president, Nicolas Maduro, said before the invasion launched on Thursday that Venezuela was with Putin — also urged a diplomatic dialogue to avoid an increase in the conflict.

Colombia, Argentina and Chile on Thursday called for swift withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, as other Latin American countries rejected the use of force but stopped short of calling for a Russian exit.

  • Reuters