Moscow considers moves to force Venezuela president from power to be illegal, says Russian politician

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, has declared himself the interim president and has won the backing of the US, the EU and most of the regional bloc called the Lima Group – but a number of key allies remained steadfast in support of president Nicolás Maduro.

Russia, a major Venezuelan ally, considers moves to force Maduro from power to be illegal, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Thursday.

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