That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.
“What most suits Russia and China is the country’s stability and a change of government. Maduro does not protect Venezuela, he doesn’t protect anyone’s investments, and he is not a good deal for those countries.” – Juan Guaido said.
“I don’t want to invade everybody, I only want to use the military when our national security interests are threatened,” US South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham recalled telling Trump.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza insisted that Nicolas Maduro: “Europe, putting yourself at the tail of the United States? Not even the United States, but of the Donald Trump government? From where do you get the power to issue deadlines or ultimatums to a sovereign people?
“My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!” Kalin quoted Erdogan as telling Maduro. “Under the leadership of President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey will maintain its principled stance against all coup attempts. #WeAreMADURO,” Kalin said.