Venezuela 'attack' brings denials from US, Colombia; support from allies
PARIS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has pointed the finger at Colombia following the alleged assassination attempt on him during a military parade in Caracas at the weekend.
Early investigations, according to Maduro, also point to financial backers who live in the US state of Florida.
Meanwhile the Colombian government has put the blame at the door of âthe ultra-right wingâ â" its term for the opposition.
Here is some of the reaction from countries around the world to Saturdayâs incident:
Washington on Sunday denied any involvement in the alleged âassassinationâ attempt.
President Donald Trumpâs National Security Adviser John Bolton insisted there was âno US government involvementâ and even suggested that the incident may have been âa pretext set up by the regime itself.â
While denying any US role, he said that if Venezuela had â hard informationâ of a potential violation of US law, âwe will take a serious look at it.â
Trump has been harshly critical of Maduroâs leftist regime, saying it has âdestroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology.â
Last August, Trump alarmed Caracas by saying publicly that he could not rule out a âmilitary optionâ to quell the chaos there.
Colombia also rejected Maduroâs âabsurdâ accusation of involvement.
âIt is absurd and unfounded to say that the Colombian President (Juan Manuel Santos) is responsible for the supposed assassination attempt on the Venezuelan president,â the foreign ministry said in a statement.
âAs usual, the Venezuelan president accuses Colombia for everything that happens. We demand respect for President Juan Manuel Santos, for the Government and for the Colombian people.â
The alleged assassination attempt came days after the Santos told AFP that Maduroâs days are numbered and âthat regime ha s to fall.â
Russiaâs foreign ministry on Sunday condemned the âassassination attemptâ on its ally Maduro.
âWe consider using terrorist methods as a tool for political struggles to be categorically unacceptable,â the statement said, adding âit is obvious that such actions are aimed at destabilising the situation in the country.â
Moscow sided with Maduroâs regime after his government faced international isolation when close to 130 people were killed in anti-regime protests last year.
Nicaraguaâs Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said the âassassination attemptâ against Nicolas Maduro undermined the âdemocratic, progressive and revolutionaryâ governments of Latin America and the Caribbean.
President Daniel Ortegaâs office said the attack was the work of âobscure forces on the right, full of hate, trying to destroy the libertarian framework.â
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his predecessor Raul Castro âstrongly condemn the a ttempted attack against President Nicolas Maduro,â the Cuban foreign ministry said on its Twitter account.
Both leaders expressed their âfull solidarity and unconditional support for President Maduro,â it said.
Tehran decried âa step toward causing instability and insecurity in Venezuela.â
This can only benefit âthe enemies of the people and of the government of that country,â said Bahram Ghasemi, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman.
Syria called for ârespect of the countryâs sovereignty and no interference in its internal affairs.â
The foreign ministry in Damascus condemned âin the strongest possible terms the assassination attempt... which aimed at undermining the security and stability of the country.â
Spainâs foreign ministry on Sunday condemned âall kinds of violence used for political endsâ and called for a peaceful, democratic resolution to the âserious crisisâ in Venezuela.
Germany said it was âclosely follow ing developments on the ground,â while Portugal opined that the crisis in Venezuela could be overcome by âdialogue and national consensusâ in line with âdemocratic principles.â
Last year, the European Union hit the Venezuelan vice president and 10 other officials with sanctions over rights abuses and irregularities in the re-election of Maduro, which the bloc condemned as âneither free nor fair.â