Russia dismisses US sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba; Vows support

Dismissing new United States sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela announced by national security adviser John Bolton earlier this week Russia vowed to stand by the President Nicolas Maduro.

Russia said the sanctions are illegal and according to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov everything will be done to support allies of Venezuela and Cuba.

Cuba is one of such nations which are standing beside the embattled regime in Venezuela. China and Iran too are backing the Maduro government.

Maduro won presidential election late last year while opposition leader Juan Guaido self-declared himself as legitimate head earlier this year.

International observers and oppositions dismissed the elections as illegitimate.

US recognized Guaido as legitimate leader of Venezuela and it is also leading global opposition to Maduro along with several South American and European nations.

Maduro first took office in 2013 after the death of revolutionary leader Hugo chavez. China and Russia are the major investors in the country.

Venezuela is also a significant customer for Russian weapons.

Cuba is one of such nations which are standing beside the embattled regime in Venezuela. China and Iran too are backing the Maduro government.

In March Russia deployed about one hundred its soldiers.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is cultivating influence in Venezuela. Iran has dismissed the allegations.

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