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Kremlin excoriates US ‘direct interference’ in Venezuela as utterly ‘dangerous’

According to Dmitry Peskov, Venezuela’s scenario suggests "synchronization of actions" with the United States

YUZNO-SAKHALINSK, January 27. /TASS/. The United States interference into Venezuela’s domestic affairs poses the biggest danger amidst the ongoing developments in that country, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.

"What is going on in Venezuela is dangerous but what is still more dangerous is what is going on under the United States’ interference, not connivance, but direct interference. No one even bothers to hide that," he said in an interview with the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program.

According to Peskov, Venezuela’s scenario suggests "synchronization of actions" with the United States. "The Americans, our American colleagues, recognize the parliament speaker (Juan Guaido - TASS) who claims to usurp power in the country. They do it so swiftly that no one had any time to realize what has happened. Obviously, it suggests some, so to say, sequence of actions, committed to paper and agreed," he said.

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. Several countries, including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay, have recognized him. 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.

Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El 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.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, French President Emmanuel Macron, German government spokeswoman Martina Fitz, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt and Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said on Saturday that their countries will recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president in case Maduro doesn’t announce elections within eight days.