Pence evokes Hitler’s Germany in Venezuela debate, Russia warns against provocation

US Vice President Mike Pence compared Venezuelas government with that of Nazi Germany, arguing that the failure of the international community to take the US side could lead to genocide.

“When a brutal dictatorship arose in Europe, the world failed to respond,” Pence told a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday. “Millions of lives were lost in the Second World War. So the United States is calling on the United Nations to live up to its very purpose. Reject the failed leadership of Nicolas Maduro.”

In a now-routine show of support for Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, Pence called on the UN Security Council to revoke UN credentials of President Nicolas Maduros government and recognize Guaido as the countrys legitimate leader.

The vice president then echoed a threat oft-repeated by Trump administration officials: “All options are on the table” when it comes to removing Maduro from power.

Russias ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, shot back at Pence.

“We are witnessing yet another episode of a tragedy with several acts in the attempt to change the regime in Venezuela,” Nebenzya said, calling “external players” like the US “a direct threat” to Venezuelan peace.

Nebenzya slammed US sanctions on Venezuela, which he said have exacerbated the countrys precarious economic condition, and accused Pence of “artificially provoking” a crisis to overthrow the countrys legitimate government.

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