Venezuela proposes Turkey as 'protecting power'
“The U.S. is appointing the Swiss government as the protecting power in Caracas, and we are respecting that. But we also need that they accept our protecting power,” Samuel Moncada said during a press conference.
According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, if diplomatic ties between two countries are broken off, both sides can choose a third country acceptable to the receiving state as a protecting power.
Tensions escalated when Juan Guaido, who heads Venezuela's National Assembly, declared himself acting president on Jan. 23, a move which was supported by the U.S. and many European and Latin American countries.