Guaido Wants to Check Information About Venezuelan Military Attache

Guaido Wants to Check Information About Venezuelan Military Attache

Agency News

Moscow, Jan 27 : Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuelan interim president on Wednesday, expressed on Sunday belief that it was necessary to check the information about the decision by a Venezuelan military attache in Washington to break ties with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido's reaction came soon after Col. Jose Luis Silva, a military attache at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, said that he recognized Guaido as the "true president of Venezuela." Silva also slammed Maduro's government for "betraying basic principles" and "selling itself to other countries."

"Since we are a legitimate and responsible structure, we are making effort to verify all the information," Guaido posted on Twitter.

He also welcomed everyone wishing to join the "side of the constitution and the Venezuelan people's will."

On Wednesday, Guaido, the speaker of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly, declared himself the country's interim president just one day after the assembly declared President Nicolas Maduro, who has been ruling the country since 2013, a usurper.

Maduro accused Washington, which immediately recognized Guaido as interim president, of staging a coup in Venezuela.

Russia has stressed that it only recognizes Maduro as the legitimately elected Venezuelan president. (UNI-SPUTNIK)