Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan condemned the coup attempt in Venezuela, stating the inadmissibility of undemocratic change of power in the country under pressure from external forces.
Earlier Tuesday, the opposition leader Juan Guido called on the Venezuelan people and army to take to the streets to complete the operation “Freedom” to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Guido also added that it supported the military “made the right decision and can count on the support of the people.” Maduro said that the commanders of all regions of integrated defense and integrated defense zones declared their full loyalty to the people, the Constitution, and the Motherland. According to Venezuelan defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, the country’s armed forces remain fully on the side of the “Constitution and legitimate authorities.”
“Those who are trying to appoint a Governor to a postmodern colony instead of the elected head of Venezuela should know that only democratic elections determine how the country will be governed. In a democracy, the main thing is elections,” Erdogan wrote on Twitter.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza thanked the head of Turkey for the support.
“We thank Turkish President Erdogan for his firm and clear position in support of international law, peace, and respect for democracy in Venezuela,” Areas wrote on his Twitter page.
In Venezuela, on January 21, mass protests against President Maduro began soon after he was sworn in. The head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, Juan Guido illegally declared himself interim head of state. A number of Western countries led by the US announced its recognition of Guido. In turn, Maduro called the head of Parliament us puppet. Russia, China, Turkey and a number of other countries supported Maduro as a legitimate President. In Moscow called “presidential status” Guido non-existent.