Representatives of the opposition and the Government of Venezuela, led by the country’s Minister of Communications and Information, Jorge Rodriguez, went to Norway to negotiate a political crisis in the country, the Associated Press reported.
Opposition-controlled members of the Venezuelan National Assembly told the agency that representatives from both sides would participate in the Oslo discussions.
According to one of the interlocutors, the envoys from the two opposing camps went to the negotiations after they received invitations from a group of Norwegians.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not directly comment on the talks in television speeches on Wednesday.
However, he noted that the Minister of Communications and Information Rodriguez is outside Venezuela with a “very important mission.”
On January 21, an uprising was launched in Caracas, organized by a group of employees of the National Guard in one of the metropolitan barracks. Following this incident, the Venezuelan Supreme Court removed from the post of President of the National Assembly opposition leader Juan Guaido. In response, he urged residents of Caracas and other cities of Venezuela to go to the protests.
A few days later, massive anti-government protests took place in Venezuela. On January 23, Guaido declared himself the interim president of the country.
Almost immediately after that, the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America, a number of EU countries and a number of other states officially recognized Guaido as interim president of Venezuela or expressed support for it.
Among those who supported Maduro who won the presidential elections are Russia, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia and Turkey. Russian politicians reacted sharply to what is happening in Venezuela and around this country, regarding the events of January 23 as an attempted coup d’état.
On April 30, the Venezuelan opposition distributed on social networks a video recorded at La Carlota airbase, at which Guaido states that it is supported by numerous servicemen. Shortly thereafter, near the airbase, clashes broke out between the military and servicemen supporting Maduro, who had gone over to the side of the opposition.
Immediately after the publication of the video of Guaido, Minister of Communications and Information of Venezuela Rodriguez announced that the Venezuelan authorities were suppressing the uprising of a small group of the military who wanted to change the power in the country.
On May 1, Guaido planned to launch the final phase of the so-called “Operation Freedom”, the purpose of which was to remove Maduro from power, but in the end, the coup attempt was not crowned with success.