Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gained access to the country’s embassy in Brasilia, Wednesday, November 13, leading to a standoff with backers of leftist President Nicolas Maduro, according to diplomatic representatives.
The confrontation threatened to create a diplomatic crisis just as the BRICS summit of major emerging economies kicked off in the Brazilian capital. The embassy standoff highlights stark differences between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s leader, and Maduro’s Chinese and Russian allies, who are meeting with Bolsonaro this week.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the embassy had been “invaded by force at dawn” and called on Twitter for Brazil to respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.
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Author: VOA News