OREANDA-NEWS  The Kremlin recognizes Juan Guaido as the speaker of Parliament of Venezuela and does not recognize the status of the President, said press Secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov.

"The Head of State is Mr. Maduro, who is also the government of which are, in fact, our partners in Venezuela," he reminded.

Proclaimed himself President of Guaido said that sent a message to China and Russia. He also expressed the opinion that Moscow and Beijing benefit from changing the economic model of Venezuela. In the Kremlin has not received this email, but promised to read it, if available.

The European Parliament recognized Guaido "legitimate interim President" of the country and called for the adoption of a similar decision by the EU countries.

Guaido, already supported by the US, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Georgia, Albania and various other countries.

While Maduro has called Guaido "a puppet of Washington." Moscow shares his position. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia is ready to help establish a dialogue between the legitimate President and the opposition.

Also in support of Maduro were China, Turkey and a number of other States.

Venezuela has been holding mass protests against the incumbent President since January 21. Guaido, declared himself Head of State on the validity period of the provisional government.

Moreover, "there are attempts at the last minute to steal the country's assets in Venezuela," - said a senior official of the Washington administration. In this situation, he urged Russia and other countries not to make deals with President Nicolas Maduro on oil and gold.