The international community continues to react to the day of January 23 in Venezuela. In the middle of the demonstrations, the president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself as the interim president of the country before a crowd, assuring that the current president, Nicolas Maduro, is the illegitimate president.
Although the announcement of Guaido has received support from more than a dozen nations, Russia and China reject it outright and reiterated their support for the Chavez government.
The spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, declared that Nicolás Maduro is the “legitimate president of Venezuela, and at the same time, he denounced that the Guaidó was an attempt to usurp legitimate power.
“We consider the attempted usurpation of power in Venezuela as a violation of international law,” Peskov told reporters. “Nicolas Maduro is the legitimate head of state,” he added.
Russia, a fundamental ally of Maduro, also sided with Venezuela when the country was subject to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. Moscow, in addition, warned Washington that it opposed any attempt to intervene in the South American country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized what it considers interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs, referring to some international reactions to the events in this country, especially the United States, which can open the way to chaos and a “public bath”. blood”.
“A destructive foreign interference is unacceptable, this is a direct path to anarchy and blood bath,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read also: “The town is the only one that chooses the president in Venezuela”, Maduro
“We see in the brazen actions of Washington a new demonstration of the total ignorance of norms and principles of international law,” the ministry adds, referring to the open support of the United States to the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó.
Russia is the second creditor of Caracas -after China- and represents important financial support for the South American country, suffocated in a deep economic crisis. Last December, Maduro, had announced during a visit to Moscow about 6,000 million dollars of Russian investments in the oil and mining sectors in Venezuela.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government also ruled on the emergency in Venezuela. Like Russia, China opposes external interference in the internal affairs of the country.
“China maintains the principle of non-interference in the internal political affairs of other countries, and opposes the interference in Venezuela of external forces,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news conference. You may be interested: Colombia recognized Guaidó as president of Venezuela
The spokeswoman of the ministry assured that her country “follows with attention the situation in Venezuela” and made a call to the “rationality and the calm” in the South American country.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Serguei Ryabkov reiterated that Russia would continue to support Venezuela and that Moscow will protect its economic interests in the South American country.
“Cooperation between Russia and Venezuela continues in several areas,” he said in an interview with the International Affairs newspaper. Last month, Russia sent two bombers and a hundred air force officers to Caracas to participate in joint military exercises with Venezuela.
Russia and Venezuela have a long history in their bilateral relations. Maduro’s predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, known for his diatribes against the United States, was always welcome in the Kremlin.