Maduro condemns ‘assassination attempt’ against Putin

File – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. – —/Kremlin/dpa

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expressed his »total condemnation» of the »attempted assassination, in degree of frustration», allegedly committed against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Through a statement issued on Wednesday, Maduro also thanked the Russian security forces for their action, »who in a timely manner managed to neutralize two unmanned aerial vehicles aimed at the Kremlin Palace, whose infamous intention was to attempt against the life of President Putin».

He also remarked that Venezuela’s position is against any act of aggression against international peace and security, sending a message to »the competent authorities» to bring to justice »the material and intellectual authors who organized, financed and sponsored this reprehensible assassination attempt».

The Russian presidency reported Wednesday that it shot down two Ukrainian drones in the vicinity of the Kremlin aimed at killing President Putin. From the first moment, Moscow pointed to Kiev as the main responsible.

However, Ukrainian authorities disassociated themselves from the incident and President Zelenski himself pointed out that Kiev does not attack »neither Putin nor Moscow» and that Ukrainian attacks are always aimed at defending its own territory.