THE UNITED NATIONS, January 26. /TASS/. A military scenario is inadmissible in Venezuela, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said on Saturday.
"A military scenario is inadmissible," the diplomat said answering a TASS question after the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Venezuela. "I hope everyone has enough sense to prevent a military scenario".
He also expressed the hope that "a stance of Latin American countries will have a sobering effect on those who are puppet masters in this situation".
Apart from that Nebenzia pointed out that Nicolas Maduro does not need Russia’s protection as he is the constitutional president of Venezuela.
"I don't think he needs our protection. He is the constitutional president, he has his army," Nebenzia told reporters. "I don't think he needs protection".
On January 23, Venezuelan parliament speaker and opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US.
Several countries, including the Lima Group (excluding Mexico), the United States, Albania, Georgia, Switzerland and the Organization of American States, have recognized him.
Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China and Belarus called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.