Zakharova denies Pompeo’s claims that Moscow told Maduro to stay

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1 May 2019

"Washington tried its best to demoralize the Venezuelan army and now used fakes as a part of information war," said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, ONA reports citing TASS.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has rejected the claims of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was preparing to leave Venezuela, but was talked out of it by Russia.

Earlier, in his interview with CNN, Pompeo claimed that Maduro "had an airplane on the tarmac" on Tuesday and he was ready to leave, but "the Russians indicated he should stay." Pompeo said that US had information that Maduro was preparing to leave the country for Cuba, and Russia stopped him.

Maduro rejected Pompeo’s claims in a televised address, calling them "craziness" and "lies and manipulation." "Please, Mr. Pompeo, you're not being serious," he said.