'Responding to the State Department “applauding” countries that sided with Washington’s regime-change efforts in Venezuela, the Russian Foreign Ministry said clapping is at least harmless and keeps the trigger-happy US hands busy.
Applauding Malta’s decision to deny passage to Russian planes headed for Caracas, newly minted State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called on all countries “to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator,” namely Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro. #EstamosUnidosVE @MFAMalta
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 19, 2019
Responding to Ortagus on Twitter, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the US should keep clapping, since that would keep it busy enough not to start any wars.
We are trying hard to keep your hands away from trigger. So keep applauding - at least it’s harmless.
— MFA Russia ?? (@mfa_russia) April 19, 2019
The State Department’s understanding of “democracy” in Venezuela is to back opposition leader Juan Guaido and impose sanctions until he is installed in power. Guaido’s attempts to claim the title of “interim president” since January have failed to impress the police, the military, and the bulk of Venezuelan people.
Reminding the US how its attempts to “promote democracy” around the world usually end, MFA spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday that the unfortunate situation with Maltese airspace was nothing new.'
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