CARACAS, February 20. /TASS/. There are no threats to Russia’s interests in Venezuela for the time being despite the complex political situation, Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Vladimir Zaemsky told TASS.
"Despite this difficult situation, nothing threatens Russia’s interests in Venezuela so far," he said. "If the situation changes, we will protect them on the basis of respect for the principles of international law and compliance with the existing agreements."
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 the country’s capital of Caracas on January 23. Several 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 that he was cutting diplomatic ties with the United States.
Russia considers Maduro Venezuela’s legitimate president.