MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The Organization of American States’ decision to recognize a supporter of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s permanent representative is an attempt to legalize dual power in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.
"The Organization of American States, as we understand, has succumbed to White House influences," she said. "The OAS Permanent Council’s decision to recognize the envoy appointed by Venezuela’s National Assembly is an attempt to legalize dual power in Venezuela."
Venezuela’s National Assembly, supportive of Guaido, appointed Gustavo Tarre Briceno as Venezuela’s permanent representative at the Organization of American States. The OAS recognized him in this capacity on April 9. Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry criticized this decision and declared the intention to pull out of the OAS on April 27.
Juan Guaido, a member of the country’s single-house parliament - the National Assembly - proclaimed himself as Venezuela’s acting president. The United States hurried to recognize him in this capacity on the same day. The Lima Group of countries, except for Mexico, the Organization of American States and most EU countries followed suit. Maduro dismissed the events as a government coup attempt. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey came out in his support.