CARACAS, Venezuela – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the West’s interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs. Earlier, Nicolas Maduro announced the breakup of diplomatic relations with the United States in retaliation for the recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuelan president.
“The events in Venezuela show how the progressive Western community is actually dealing with international law, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states, deliberately changing power there,” Zakharova wrote on his Facebook page.
The situation in Venezuela worsened considerably after the inauguration of Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected on January 10. Member countries of the Lima Group decided not to recognize the new mandate. Subsequently, Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Canada, the United States and other Latin American countries decided to recognize the president of the deported National Assembly, Juan Guaidó as the interim president of the country.
However, with Russia confirming its support for Maduro, which other states have expressed support?
In the midst of the Venezuelan political crisis, Iran and Turkey declare that the US is involved in the internal affairs of Caracas, the Iranian and Turkish Foreign Ministries said.
The United States intervened in Venezuela’s internal affairs, and US recognition of Venezuela’s National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as president of the country, disregarding Maduro, could lead to chaos, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
“The United States and some Latin American countries have intervened in the internal affairs of Venezuela in recent times. The country has an elected president, but at the same time, the president of the National Assembly declares himself president of the country and some countries recognize him. It’s a very unusual situation that could lead to chaos,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Turkish television channel Ahaber.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s press briefing said the Turkish leader expressed support for Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro in the US recognition of Venezuela’s National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as president of the country.
Erdoğan said: “Maduro brother, stand tall, Turkey stands with you, Erdoğan tells President Nicolas Maduro by telephone,” according to Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın’s on Twitter.
On Thursday, Iran’s foreign ministry said it considered the political crisis in Venezuela a result of US intervention in the country’s internal affairs and hoped for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
“Iran is demonstrating against any intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs, as well as against illegal and non-constitutional actions as an attempted coup; [Iran] supports the government and the people of that country,” said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Iranian Foreign Minister Bahram Ghasem, who stressed that this is an “open US intervention” in the affairs of Venezuela.
Ghasem was hopeful that Venezuela’s internal political conflicts and other problems could be resolved as soon as possible through legal and peaceful instruments.
The governments of Mexico and Uruguay have offered to mediate the crisis in Venezuela and try to prevent the increase of violence in the country.
Reacting to the political turmoil and denunciations of police brutality recorded yesterday in Venezuela, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa has published a note in which, along with the Mexican government, he proposes “a new negotiation process” with “full respect laws and human rights, “for the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the country.
Mexico remains the only member of the so-called Lima Group to recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro. Outside the Group, Bolivia is the only South American country to support the Venezuelan president. Led by the United States, the others – including Brazil – decided to recognize the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó as the interim representative of the country, as established in the Constitution of 1999 in case of vacancy.
Elsewhere in Latin Americs, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Cuba have also announced that they are standing with the democratically elected Maduro.