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Russia Calls the Coup Attempt in Bolivia Inadmissible

Originally published 27 June 2024 on TeleSUR

 

President Luis Arce addresses the Bolivian people from a balcony, June 26, 2024. Photo: X/ @MidiaNINJA

 

Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed his country’s full and unwavering support for President Luis Arce.

 

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his country’s “strong condemnation” of the attempted coup during a conversation with his Bolivian counterpart Celinda Sosa.

He emphasized the “unacceptable” nature of any actions aimed at undermining the constitutional foundations of sovereign countries and expressed Russia’s “full and unwavering support” for President Luis Arce.

“Lavrov confirmed our solidarity with sister Bolivia, our reliable strategic partner,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said after condemning the attempted coup led by General Juan Zuñiga on Wednesday.

The Kremlin described the events in Bolivia as an “internal matter” of that country and expressed confidence that the “Bolivian friends” would be able to resolve the situation within the legal framework and without foreign interference.

“It is very important that there are no third-country interferences in what is happening in that nation,” said Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who added that Russia trusts Bolivia will soon restore calm.

In recent years, La Paz and Moscow have strengthened their international cooperation and diplomatic ties. For example, in early June, Arce visited Russia to attend the St. Petersburg Economic Forum and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Earlier, in April, the Bolivian Foreign Minister also visited Moscow, where she advocated for turning the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) into an alternative to the “aggressive” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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