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Ecuador's president calls Venezuela a "failed state"

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno earlier met with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Salinas
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno EPA-EFE/WU HONG
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno

MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. /TASS/. Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has called Venezuela a failed state.

"Venezuela today is a completely failed state, and this should not go on like that," Moreno said after a meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Salinas.

Guaido in turn thanked Moreno for assistance in "liberating" the Bolivarian Republic. "I thank [Ecuador's] President Lenin Moreno for supporting our efforts to liberate and restore Venezuela," Guaido wrote on his official Twitter account. He also noted that Ecuadorians and Venezuelans are fraternal peoples. "We will continue expanding cooperation and strengthening our relations," he said.

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 28 the US imposed sancitons on Venezuela's state-owned PDVSA oil company.

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.