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    Juan Guaido, president of National Assembly, shows marks on his wrists, which he says are from handcuffs, to supporters at a rally in Caraballeda, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The new head of Venezuela's increasingly defiant congress was pulled from his vehicle and briefly detained by police Sunday, a day after the U.S. backed him assuming the presidency as a way out of the country's deepening crisis. Guaido's wife Fabiana Rosales stands next to him, right. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Venezuelan Embassies Never Recognized Guaido as President - Ambassador to Italy

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    ROME (Sputnik) - Not a single Venezuelan embassy in the world recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the leader of the country, and the current crisis did not affect the work of the country's diplomatic mission in Italy, Venezuelan Ambassador to Italy Isaias Rodriguez told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    "The recent events did not affect either in terms of consular work or from a diplomatic point of view. The position of the Italian government was very cautious," the diplomat said, adding that the embassy never recognized Guaido as head of state, and so did the country's other diplomatic missions across the world.

    The only instruction the embassy received from Venezuelan Foreign Ministry was to maintain calm and peace in the country, he said.

    READ MORE: Venezuelan FM Says US Sanctions Expose Oil as Purpose of Coup Attempt

    The positions of Russia, China, India, the Caribbean Community, Mexico and Uruguay on the issue were very important, Rodriguez stressed.

    "Russia's position was one of the strongest in the UN Security Council. The conflict with Venezuela is neither local nor internal. Global strategies are at stake, we need to look at the current situation from this point of view. Oil is not coal, and the Caribbean is a small Mediterranean," the ambassador said.

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte earlier called for national reconciliation and democratic process in Venezuela and expressed concern about the possibility of further escalation of violence.

    Last Monday, mass protests started across Venezuela and lasted for several days. On Wednesday, head of the parliament Juan Guaido declared himself the country's interim president. Incumbent leader Nicolas Maduro has claimed that Washington has been orchestrating an anti-government coup in the country. Russia has stressed that it supported Maduro as the legitimate president.

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