MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that a group of military deserters fled to Colombia in order to conspire to sow discord in the Venezuelan armed forces.
"A group of military deserters that became mercenaries for Colombian oligarchy are conspiring from Columbia to sow discord among [Venezuelan] armed forces," Maduro told servicemen before military drills on Wednesday.
Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on Tuesday that Venezuelan military recognize Maduro as the only legitimate president of the country.
On January 23 Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the country's acting president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States. On January 29 the US Treasury announced imposing sanctions on PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) oil and gas company and blocking $7 billion in assets.
Guaido was recognized as interim president by the Lima Group countries (except for Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States. Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis. Maduro was supported by Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Belarus and China called for resolving all issues by peaceful means and spoke against any interference from the outside. The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.