Russia has voiced readiness to mediate in a new round of talks between the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the US-backed opposition scheduled for next week in Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Iran Press/America: On Sunday the Norwegian government announced that delegates from the Nicolas Maduro's government and the opposition, Juan Guaido will resume negotiations in Oslo in an effort to find ways out of a months-long political crisis plaguing the Latin American country. Norway will be acting as a mediator.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the continuation of the talks, saying it is ready to assist in the negotiating process, Iran Press reported citing PressTV.

The statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry added: “Moscow welcomes the announcement about the continuation of contacts between the Venezuelan government and opposition being held in Oslo through Norway’s good services.”

Russia further warned against external powers trying to foist ultimatums on the Venezuelan leadership, which was an apparent message to the US.

Russia ready to mediate in Venezuela talks with opposition

“We call on all states involved in the Venezuela situation to support the launch of the political process in the form of talks between the country’s major forces, refraining from issuing ultimatums to Venezuela’s leadership,” it added.

In a video posted on Twitter, Maduro welcomed the second round as a chance “to look for peace, always to look for peace.”

Guaido also welcomed the initiative, but said the opposition would not be dragged into any process that delayed efforts “to find a solution to the chaos our country is suffering.”

An earlier round of such talks was held in Oslo this month, but the opposition said there were no face-to-face meetings.

The political crisis began in Venezuela in January when opposition figure Juan Guaido — who headed Venezuela’s now defunct National Assembly — abruptly declared himself 'interim president' and called for early election. Caracas called it a coup attempt masterminded by the US. 203/211/214

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Russia ready to mediate in Venezuela talks with opposition