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  • FILE PHOTO: Switzerland's national flag flies next to the logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse at a branch office in Luzern, Switzerland Oct. 19, 2017.

    FILE PHOTO: Switzerland's national flag flies next to the logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse at a branch office in Luzern, Switzerland Oct. 19, 2017. | Photo: REUTERS

Published 21 February 2019

The Swiss government has flatly denied any contact between their president and Venezuelan opposition.

Swiss authorities have denied discussing Venezuelan accounts held in their country with lawmaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly in contempt and self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido.

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Spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Pierre-Alain Eltschinger described as incorrect the statement made by Guaido of having communicated with the Swiss president on a possible blockade of Venezuelan assets.

"There was no contact between Mr. Guaido and President (Ueli) Maurer," the Swiss diplomat clarified Wednesday night.

Venezuela is in the midst of interventionist schemes promoted by the United States since Jan. 23 when opposition lawmaker Guaido proclaimed himself “interim president” of the country.

Venezuelan head of state Nicolas Maduro, denounced US involvement of those plans as an attempted invasion and coup d'etat.

Maduro has also reiterated that Venezuela is the victim of an international economic blockade and negative media campaign that seeks to tarnish the image of Venezuela abroad.

Guaido was recognized by the U.S., most of the member countries of the Lima Group, and a number of EU member states.

Russia, Bolivia, Mexico, China, Cuba, Iran, Turkey and other countries, reaffirmed their support for the Venezuelan government.

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