Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Venezuela. Both the Russian Foreign Ministry and the United States Department of State stated that Pompeo and Lavrov exchanged accusations over the situation in Venezuela.
Lavrov stressed that “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d'état in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government are a violation of the United Nations Charter and undisguised interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”
Mike Pompeo accused Russia of exacerbating tensions in Venezuela.
"The continued Russian military involvement to support the illegal regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela can prolong the suffering of the Venezuelan people, who overwhelmingly support interim president Juan Guaidó," said the Secretary of State.
He called on Russia to stop “unconstructive behavior” and join other countries “that are striving to achieve a better future for the Venezuelan people.”
On March 23, two military transport aircraft, the AN-124 and Il-62, carrying military personnel, arrived in Caracas.