Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the United States and a number of European Union countries for their endorsement of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of the country, during a parliamentary address in Ankara on Tuesday.
“Is Venezuela your state? How can you tell someone to leave who is doing the job following an election? And how can you deliver the presidency of a nation to someone who hasn’t even been elected? Where’s the democracy? Weren’t you democratic?,” Erdogan asked rhetorically.
The European Union had planned to issue a statement of support for Guiado, but the move was reportedly vetoed by Italy. Several EU states have formally recognised Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.
Accusing the West of hypocrisy, Erdogan asked: “on the one hand, you say repeatedly ‘democracy’ and ‘ballot box’, and then you’re going to topple the government with force and deception?”
The Turkish leader also expressed anger towards the US for apparent delays in creating a buffer zone in Syria, warning that “our patience is not limitless.”
Last month Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed establishing a safe zone east of the Euphrates river in Syria.