US Ambassador Nikki Haley has slammed Venezuela as an “increasingly violent narco-state” that poses a threat to world security at a UN meeting boycotted by Russia and China.
Haley said the informal Security Council meeting was to draw international attention to the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, which is teetering on the brink of default.
But key Security Council members Russia and China refused to attend as did Bolivia, a non-permanent council member close to President Nicolas Maduro’s government, and Egypt.
Addressing the meeting, Haley said “the situation in Venezuela is more than a human tragedy,” adding that the crisis poses a direct threat to international peace and security.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the US-led talks amounted to meddling in the domestic affairs of Venezuela and declared that the Security Council should not become involved.
The refusal by Russia and China to attend the meeting meant that the United States would face strong opposition in pushing for council action to address the crisis in Venezuela.