UN Security Council rejects US, Russia resolutions on Venezuela

The U.N. Security Council has rejected rival resolutions on Venezuela sponsored by the United States, which supports opposition leader Juan Guaido, and Russia, which backs President Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. resolution received the minimum nine “yes” votes in the 15-member council on Thursday, but was vetoed by Russia and China.

The vote on the Russian resolution was four in favour, seven opposed and four abstentions.

The U.S. draft urged “the peaceful restoration of democracy” in Venezuela, free and fair presidential elections and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to all people in need.

The Russian draft expressed concern at threats to use force against Venezuela and interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and would have reaffirmed the government’s primary role in initiating international assistance.