Turkey backs Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela president in break with NATO allies

February 3, 2019

In a break with NATO allies including the U.S. and Canada, Turkey has backed Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that countries which support self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido fuel the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Reuters reported.

Mr. Cavusoglu suggested that countries which have acknowledged Mr. Guaido’s victory should have instead brokered negotiations to mediate the conflict that sparked massive ongoing protests across Venezuela.

“They should have contributed to the solution of the problem through dialogue... On the contrary, the event was fueled from the outside. The people of Venezuela are being punished by such approach,” he said.

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