The only way to solve the crisis in Venezuela, according to Washington, is the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. This statement was made by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Michael Kozak at a telephone briefing for journalists on Thursday, July 30.
“The Maduro regime must accept the fact that there will be no way out of this crisis if everyone simply stops putting pressure on them and allows them to remain illegitimate in power and oppress the people of Venezuela. Such a decision will lead to nothing, and it will not happen”.
Kozak believes that only “free and fair” elections of the new leadership will allow “solving the legitimacy crisis. According to an official of the U.S. Foreign Ministry, this can be done only if Maduro betrays power to the government “acceptable to the majority, that is, both Chavists (supporters of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela – Ed.) and those who dominate the National Assembly.
Such a government, said Kozak, and organizes elections.
“But the problem all this time is that Maduro is not even going to discuss anything that involves the transfer of power or even the risk of losing power in real elections,” concluded the diplomat.
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council had previously approved the date of elections for the National Assembly (Parliament) of the country. Voting will be held on December 6, registration of candidates will be held from August 10 to 19, and the campaign will be held from November 21 to December 5.
At the end of March, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the Venezuelan leadership to establish an interim government to resolve the crisis in the country, with the subsequent lifting of sanctions. Caracas opposed this initiative by Washington. Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov noted that Moscow does not welcome ultimatums and instruments of political pressure.
The economic and political crisis has been going on in Venezuela for several years. In January 2019, amidst protests, the opposition leader Juan Guaydo proclaimed himself head of state. He was recognized by the US, Canada, Brazil and Greece, among others. Several other countries, including Russia, China and Mexico, supported Maduro.