In the power struggle between the government and the opposition in Venezuela The self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaidó wants to bring the embassies and consulates abroad under his control.
On Monday, leaders of the opposition leader took over two branches of the military attaché in the US capital Washington and the consulate in New York. "This is part of our campaign to protect the assets of the Republic," said the ambassador appointed by Guaidó in the United States, Carlos Vecchio.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called on the US government to stop the illegal occupation of diplomatic branches. "If the US government continues to fail to fulfill its international obligations, the Venezuelan government reserves similar steps in Venezuela's territory," it said in a statement.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro broke diplomatic relations with the United States after the White House backed its rival Guaidó. Both countries then withdrew their diplomatic staff. The Venezuelan military attaché in Washington, Colonel José Silva Silva, was one of the first military to support Guaidó's counter-government.
Guaidó had declared Venezuelan interim president in January and openly challenged Maduro, who ruled since 2013. He is supported in his attempt to dethrone Maduro, in addition to the United States of about 50 other states.