Russia has criticized the US government for bullying Venezuela and encouraging its opposition to stage a coup against President Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term last week.

Venezuela is currently in a political crisis, with the opposition-controlled National Assembly declaring its speaker Juan Guaido, as the “interim president” of the country.

The opposition and its backers in Washington rejected the reform as a power grab and declared the new legislature illegal.

The National Assembly’s mandate to represent Venezuelans remains in question. In 2017, the country reformed its parliament system by introducing a new body called the Constitutional Assembly, which is now controlled by pro-government politicians.

Washington has targeted the government in Caracas with a series of crippling economic and personal sanctions, and reportedly considered a Colombian NATO-based military intervention against Venezuela.

Venezuela suffered years of economic and social hardships, which the opposition blames on Maduro’s poor governance.

The president blames the hardship on sabotage of big oil business and foreign capitalist interests, which want to see his socialist government ousted from power.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point Political News 2019.

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