- "We confirm our readiness to cooperate closely with friendly Venezuela, its people and legitimate authorities."
- "The European Union considers that the elections failed to comply with the international standards for a credible process and to mobilize the Venezuelan people to participate."
- The United States indicated that it continues to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim and legitimate President.
Russia has today expressed its readiness to cooperate “closely” with the Venezuelan National Assembly, dominated by supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, and to strengthen “strategic relations” between the two countries. The National Assembly took office Tuesday in Caracas.
“We confirm our readiness to cooperate closely with friendly Venezuela, its people and legitimate authorities. We will keep on strengthening our strategic partnership which has been developing in a variety of fields of mutual interest,” said the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova.
According to her, Moscow considers the strengthening of bilateral inter-parliamentary cooperation to be “important,” and highlighted the “constructive vision” of the new members of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
The members, she said, are looking to start a “broad dialogue process” between all the country’s political forces, “including those not represented by Parliament.”
The Russian spokeswoman said Moscow had condemned attempts to destabilize the political situation in the country, “promoted by radical forces,” which it considers to be an “act of desperation.”
The Russian decision comes on the same day that the European Union (EU) guaranteed that they still support Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. The United States made a similar declaration the day before.
Yesterday in Brussels, the EU “deeply regretted” that the Venezuelan National Assembly took office on Tuesday on the basis of “undemocratic elections,” and insisted on the need for a “political solution” to the current stalemate.
The day after the members of the new Venezuelan National Assembly were sworn in at a solemn session in Caracas, following the December 6 elections that were not recognized by the opposition, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell issued a statement on behalf of the EU in which he regrets that the elections were even held despite the lack of a “national agreement on electoral conditions.”
“The European Union considers that the elections failed to comply with the international standards for a credible process and to mobilize the Venezuelan people to participate. The lack of political pluralism and the way the elections were planned and executed, including the disqualification of opposition leaders, do not allow the EU to recognize this electoral process as credible, inclusive or transparent, nor do they allow its outcome to be considered as representative of the democratic will of the Venezuelan people.”
Tuesday night, in a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States indicated that it continues to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim and legitimate President, arguing that he was the last to be democratically elected to the National Assembly.
Secretary Pompeo accused Nicolas Maduro’s “illegitimate” regime of “staging” “fraudulent” legislative elections, and that the international community rejected the legality of the vote.
Also on Tuesday, the Venezuelan opposition held a parliamentary session, conducted virtually, in which Guaidó swore that the opposition parliament would continue to hold office.
The Venezuelan opposition, led by Juan Guaidó, does not recognize Nicolás Maduro as President of Venezuela, and denounces alleged irregularities in the early presidential elections of 2018, accusing the head of state of “usurping” power.