After US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would recognise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of the South American country, many Turks took to social media to express their strong opposition to the decision.
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a ceremony to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), in Caracas, Venezuela, January 24, 2019. Moscow has also provided support for its military and oil industry.
Washington has refused to comply with Maduro's order but has ordered its nonessential staff to leave the tumultuous country, citing security concerns.
"We believe that in this case, the task is to prevent external influences, especially military, on the internal situation in Venezuela", Shchetinin said. "I think the military should choose the right side of history".
Juan Guaido has said he needs the backing of three key groups: The people, the global community and the military.
A anti-submarine vessel fires a salvo upon arrival at a port near Caracas, on November 25, 2008, for a joint military exercise with the Venezuelan navy.
Maduro, in a fiery speech on Wednesday, said he was cutting off diplomatic relations with the United States for instigating a "coup" against him.
"The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law", Trump said. "All options, always, all options are on the table".
"I will continue to use the full weight of the United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy".
"Trump has personally sparked a lot of this", said Cutz, now with the Cohen Group, a Washington consulting firm. He made a point of referring to Maduro's presidency in the past tense.
Pompeo urged all members of the Organization of American States to recognize Guaido.
The Russian leader emphasised that "destructive foreign interference tramples on basic norms of the worldwide law".
USA military intervention is widely seen in Washington as an unpalatable and unlikely option. "We warn against such adventurism which is fraught with catastrophic consequences", it said. "His initial tweet in support received thousands of shares and likes and a later one included the lines "#WeAreMaduro" and "#YankeeGoHome".
China and Russian Federation have lent Venezuela huge sums, which might be at risk if the regime in Caracas changed hands.
The EU, which has imposed sanctions on Venezuela and boycotted Maduro's swearing-in for a second term earlier this month, took a more nuanced tack.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido used a video message to appeal directly to Venezuela's military to oppose the Maduro government, or at least remain aloof from the struggle now playing out on the streets. "These voices can not be ignored", the 28-nation bloc said.
"Yes, Maduro must go, and this is easier to say as he undermined the democratic legitimacy on which he claims to rest by all possible means and often violent repression, including stripping the power of the National Assembly".
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was planning Thursday to phone Guaido after holding urgent talks with Latin American leaders in Davos at this year's World Economic Forum.