Russia slams ‘usurpation’ of power in Venezuela | 2019-01-25 |

Russia slams ‘usurpation’ of power in Venezuela

25 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday slammed what it called foreign interference in Venezuela and denounced the opposition’s “usurpation of power”, calling President Nicolas Maduro the crisis-hit country’s legitimate leader, reports AFP.

In a strongly-worded statement backing Moscow ally Maduro, the Russian foreign ministry warned that international support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president Wednesday, was a “direct path to lawlessness and bloodshed”.

“Only Venezuelans have the right to determine their future. Destructive outside interference, especially in the current extremely tense situation, is unacceptable,” it said. In a separate statement to reporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman slammed attempts by the opposition to usurp power.

“We consider the attempted usurpation of power in Venezuela as... a breach of the foundations of international law,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call.