MOSCOW, Russia – On Sunday, Carlos Berrizbeitia, a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly said that Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, intends to cooperate with Russia.
Guaidó proclaimed himself acting president during a demonstration against Nicolás Maduro in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, on Wednesday.
“We have no problems with Russia. Russia could be of great help to the new government,” Berrizbeitia said on Sunday.
He specified that the cooperation areas related to technology in the oil and gas industry would be especially welcome.
“The only thing we have ever criticized is Russia’s weak stance on human rights violations in Venezuela, but Russia, like any other European country, must know that our doors are open, and we want to continue investing in precise rules of cooperation under the new government,” added the member of parliament, controlling for the Venezuelan opposition.
Guaidó’s self-proclamation fueled the growing Venezuelan political crisis. His interim presidency was recognized by countries in the region, such as the United States and its puppets like Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.
However, the government of President Nicolás Maduro, re-elected in the country’s last presidential election, continues to be considered legitimate by a number of countries. Among them, Uruguay, Mexico, China and Russia.
Moscow has expressed its support for Maduro and remains available to mediate the dialogue within Venezuela.
Russia has not had and does not plan to have any contact with Guaidó, who was recognized by several countries as the interim president of Venezuela, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“As far as I know, there are no plans for that,” added Peskov.
Earlier, the director of the Latin American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Aleksandr Schetinin, announced that Russia had not contacted Guaidó and did not plan to do so.
Moscow repeatedly stated that its position on the recognition of Nicolás Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela would not change, noting that the position of Western countries shows how they view international law, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.