Military Scenario Inadmissible in Venezuela: Nebenzia

UNITED NATIONS- A military scenario is inadmissible in Venezuela, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said on Saturday.

"A military scenario is inadmissible," the diplomat said answering a TASS question after the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Venezuela. "I hope everyone has enough sense to prevent a military scenario".

He also expressed the hope that "a stance of Latin American countries will have a sobering effect on those who are puppet masters in this situation", Tass said.

Ron Paul: US Support for Venezuela Coup in the Name of Promoting Democracy Is Ironic

 Supporting a coup in Venezuela in the name of promoting democracy is rather ironic, former Congressman Ron Paul told RT, pointing out the glaring hypocrisy of enforcing “American values” at gunpoint.

“Where do we get the moral authority to be the decider?” the Ron Paul Institute founder asked. “I think it’s rather ironic for our government to say they want to take care of Venezuela... by having a coup and threatening them with military violence because they’re not democratic enough!”

Crisis in Syria Can be Solved When Syrian State Establishes Control over All Its Lands: Lavrov

RABAT, (ST)- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov has reaffirmed the need to preserve Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a press conference with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat on Friday, Lavrov said that the Syrian state's establishing of control over all its lands is the best step to take as  to solve the crisis in the country.

The Russian minister pointed out that the coming Astana meeting on the crisis in Syria will be held in February, reiterating his country's rejection of foriegn intervention in Syria.

 He noted the need to intensify humanitarian aid to Syria in order to create suitable circumstances for the return of displaced Syrians to their homeland.

Trump Announces Deal with Democrats to Temporarily End Government Shutdown

US President Donald Trump announces a deal with Democrats to temporarily reopen the government which has been shut down since December 22.

"I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," Trump said on Friday, according to Press TV.

"In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15," he added in an address in the White House Rose Garden.

Putin, Russia’s National Security Council Review Situations in Syria and Venezuela

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with the permanent members of Russia’s National Security Council the situations in Syria and Venezuela and a number of other international and domestic issues, according to SANA.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that during the meeting on Friday, there was an exchange of views on the Syrian issue, in particular, the prospects for a political settlement in Syria.

Venezuela's Maduro Closes Embassy in US, Endorses Dialogue Call by Mexico, Uruguay

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered Thursday the closing of the embassy and consulates of his country in the United States, a day after breaking diplomatic relations with Donald Trump's government, Telesur reported.

Speaking from the Supreme Justice Court (TSJ), Maduro said that the international strategy's objective is to intervene in Venezuela through a puppet president.

"There's a great provocation, led by the U.S. empire, happening now in Venezuela. There's no doubt in the world that it's President Donald Trump who wants to impose a de facto, unconstitutional government. It's a coup in Venezuela against the people and democracy," said Maduro.

Iran hopes for legal, peaceful settlement of Venezuela’s political issues

TEHRAN– Iran has condemned the US unlawful intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs, voicing hope for a legal and peaceful settlement of the Latin country’s political disputes.

In a statement on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi reacted to the recent political developments in Venezuela and the US’ overt and unlawful interventions in the country’s domestic affairs, saying “the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the government and the nation of Venezuela in the face of any foreign intervention in the country’s internal affairs or any illegal or anti-popular actions, such as attempts to stage coups.”

US Forces Withdrawal from Syria Will be Positive Step to Stabilize Situation in the Country: Putin

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that the process of fighting terrorism in Syria will continue until terrorist organizations are completely eliminated.

In a press conference on Wednesday after his talks with President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan, Putin said the presence of US troops in Syria is illegal and that the withdrawal of US forces from Syria, if it happens, will become a positive step and will stabilize the situation in the country.