Russia has warned that US interference with Venezuela is unacceptable. Suggestions in Washington about military intervention are dangerous, says the Russian government.
According to Russian media, the Kremlin also said Thursday that it had no plans for special support to Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro in the short term.
He is, as far as Moscow is concerned, the legitimate president of the country, stressed the government.
The American vice president Mike Pence came up with a video statement Tuesday in which he expressed his support for the Venezuelan opposition. He called Maduro a "dictator without a legitimate claim to power".
Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the US, where Washington said that an unlawful president does not have the authority to do so.
Opposition leader makes himself interim president
On Wednesday, the new president of the parliament, Juan Guaidó, who was sidetracked by the Venezuelan regime of President Nicolás Maduro, proclaimed himself interim president to launch new elections. According to the Venezuelan constitution, it is allowed if the incumbent president commits abuse of power.
Opponents of Maduro hope that the opposition that was completely dismembered by the president in recent years can unite under Guaidó.
Guaidó immediately got a big disappointment after his swearing in. The Venezuelan army said in a statement that they would stay behind Maduro, despite a call from the President of Parliament to support the opposition or to remain aloof.
45Venezuelan police shoot with tear gas on demonstrators
World mixes into conflict
Guaidó and its people are supported by many Latin American countries, including the neighboring countries Colombia and Brazil.
The only prominent American country that has not dropped Maduro is Mexico. The new left-wing populist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is against intervention in the Venezuelan conflict.
Canada, the EU and several individual EU Member States have also indicated that they recognize Guaidó as a legitimate president.
Besides Russia, Bolivia, Cuba, Turkey and China have also rallied behind Maduro.
Land is in deep crisis
Venezuela has slipped under the Maduro regime into a state of chaos and violence.
An economic crisis, also caused by the global fall in oil prices, and economic mismanagement have caused hyperinflation, which is expected to amount to 10 million percent later this year.
Food and access to medical care are scarce or unaffordable in many places in the country. At least three million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries.
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