Russia and Key Allies Vow to Stand by Maduro in Venezuela Crisis

Nicolás Maduro CREDIT: Hossein Zohrevand

(From The Guardian)

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, has declared himself interim president and has won the backing of the US, the EU and most of the regional bloc called the Lima Group – but a number of key allies remained steadfast in support of president Nicolás Maduro.

Russia, a major Venezuelan ally, considers attempts to force Maduro from power to be illegal, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, was quoted as saying on Thursday by the Interfax news agency.

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