Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said in a June 20, 2022 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that the Russia-Ukraine war is a "world war" aimed at destroying Russia. In addition, he said that anti-Russia economic sanctions have backfired on Europe and the United States, adding that the Western "elites" are focused on taking revenge against Russia and don't care about the economic crisis in their own countries. Maduro added that all this "worries" him.
Nicolas Maduro: "What worries me the most is the escalation in the military and political conflict in Ukraine. We do not know where this will take us. The war in Ukraine is not a local military war. It is a global war, an economic war, with political and diplomatic consequences.
"Indeed, it is a world war. It is a war against Russia. Its goal is to destroy Russia. Notice what the initial effects of all these sanctions are. There are over 1,000 sanctions against Russia. Their effects turned against those who imposed them.
"All these sanctions turned against Europe, The U.S., and the whole world. The price of food, fertilizers, and oil have risen, and the economic crisis has worsened. However, nobody in the European and American elites notice this. The only thing they care about is their desire to take revenge against Russia. This is what worries me the most."