MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Moscow is taking all required steps to protect Russian investments in Venezuela, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.
"All required steps for that are being taken," she said when asked a respective question.
According to the diplomat, those steps include mainly efforts to maintain the sovereignty of Venezuela and prevent full-scale civil war, maintain government institutions corresponding to the republic’s constitution.
On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in Caracas. A number of countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him as president. Venezuela's incumbent President Nicolas Maduro blasted these actions as an attempted coup and said he was cutting diplomatic ties with Washington.
Some European countries delivered an ultimatum on a snap presidential election to Maduro and recognized Guaido as interim president once the demand’s deadline had expired. Meanwhile, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro.