Caracas thanked Moscow for assistance in establishing internal dialogue

Caracas is grateful to Moscow for help in establishing the political dialogue, said foreign Minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza.

In mid-June, the Venezuelan government confirmed the intention to hold elections under the control of the opposition in the National Assembly this year, without identifying the specific date of the vote. For 2021 elections of state governors in the country.

Current members of the unicameral Parliament, the speaker of which until January 2020 was the leader of the opposition Huang Guido, was elected in 2015.

At a formal meeting of the Parliament on 5 January 2020, instead of Guido for the post of speaker was elected Luis Parra. After this, the deputies-supporters of Guido gathered separately, and decided that he remains in the post of speaker for the next annual period. The expert from the international crisis group Ivan Briscoe explained to RIA Novosti that in fact this action dislodged Guido from the post of speaker of the National Assembly and deprived him of the opportunity of the proclamation of the interim President.

In Venezuela, 21 January 2019, the mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after the oath of office. 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 the Parliament a puppet of the US. Russia, China, Turkey and several other countries have supported Maduro as the legitimate President. In Moscow called "presidential status" of Guido non-existent.