President Erdogan of Turkey has joined President Putin in congratulating Nicolas Maduro on his re-election as President of Venezuela.
The Anadolu Governmental news agency said Erdogan had a phone call with Maduro on Tuesday evening to offer his congratulations.
The Turkish President, who is preparing for his own elections on 24th June, expressed his insistence on developing relations with Venezuela in every area, according to the same source.
The “Lima Group” of Latin American countries plus Canada issued a statement saying it didn’t recognise the legitimacy of the election, while the US imposed fresh sanctions on the Maduro government, with vice president Mike Pence calling the election “a sham—neither free nor fair.”
The EU has said it will consider imposing new sanctions on Venezuela, saying the election was marred by "irregularities" and failed to meet international standards.
However, given the deteriorating relations between Turkey and the West, the alliance between Erdogan and Maduro strengthens.
During his visit to Ankara last October, Maduro indicated a “new era” in relations with Turkey and confirmed that both countries believe in a different multi-polar world.