Top diplomats from Iran and Russia have spoken of their allegiance for Maduro while also expressing their disapproval of any possible American intervention in the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke by phone yesterday in the hopes of uniting against America. In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “The foreign ministers discussed the current developments in Venezuela and noted their shared readiness to help facilitate mutual understanding between responsible political forces of Venezuela in the interests of maintaining domestic peace and resolving pressing socioeconomic challenges as soon as possible.”
Moscow has already volunteered to mediate between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido who has proclaimed himself the “acting president” of the country.
Russia and Iran were joined in their support for Maduro by China, Turkey, Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Moreover, just last month Russia sent an airforce delegation to Venezuela in a show of support for the acting president.
According to reports last week, Kremlin-linked military contractors from the Wagner group had travelled to Venezuela in the past several days to provide security for Maduro.
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According to the report there were around 400 Russian military contractors in the country.
Iran too said it would send a naval flotilla in a bid to boost relations with the South American country last month.
Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov insisted that “nothing would change” over Russia’s support for the country amid reports that Moscow would provide military assistance to Caracas.
In their own statement, the Iranian foreign ministry insisted the two countries merely discussed “bilateral relations, regional issues and the latest developments in Venezuela”.
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As the situation in the country continues to worsen, Mr Guaido has called for a day of fresh protests against the current government tomorrow.
Significantly for Maduro, he still has the backing of the army although in an attempt to shift their support, Mr Guaido offered amnesty to military defectors.
Since Maduro took over the country, the economic situation has failed dramatically and has suffered from food and medical shortages.
It also estimated by the UN that 5000 Venezuelans are leaving the country every day.