Opponents of the Nicolas Maduro government hold national flags representing the U.S, and Venezuela, as they wait for the arrival of opposition leader Juan Guaidó to lead a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Guaidó has called for nationwide marches protesting the Maduro government, demanding new elections and the release of jailed opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The United States might attempt to repeat the government-toppling plot carried out in Venezuela elsewhere, Russian Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference outlining the results of Russia’s diplomatic efforts in 2019.

“It is very difficult to make predictions about the future and particularly how our US colleagues will act. You listed a few examples of their behavior [Washington’s backing of protests from Latin America to Hong Kong — TASS]. It is hard to foresee what can be introduced this year, but nothing can be ruled out,” Lavrov responded to a question whether new attempts to oust governments can be expected in 2020 as the US wanted to do in Venezuela in 2019.

Washington tries to plug Tokyo into its military strategy of confrontation with Moscow, Sergey Lavrov claimed.

“If you take a look at the documents, statements and decisions that are adopted within the framework of this alliance [of the United States and Japan], you will see that the US uses this alliance for asserting its policy of containing Russia and treating it as an adversary. Japan is part of this strategy of its closest ally, the United States,” Lavrov said. “Of course, we wish clarity, we wish to understand in what way our further cooperation will be developing in a situation where the Americans try to plug Japan into its policy, officially proclaimed as targeted against Russia.”

He recalled that the US missile defense systems being stationed in Japan might be used for launching cruise missiles. “These are weapons that were outlawed under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — as long as it remained in effect,” Lavrov stated. “This is tantamount to the possibility of attack weapons being stationed near our borders.”

At the same time Lavrov stressed, “we have no suspicion of the Japanese leadership and the Japanese political elite hatching some malicious schemes against Russia.”


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