The crisis in Venezuela has triggered fresh tensions between Washington and Moscow, with chilly exchanges at the United Nations, but analysts warn against the temptation of seeing the return of Cold War-style divisions. Since Venezuelan parliament leader Juan Guaido declared himself president on January 23 to challenge leader Nicolas Maduro, the rivalry between the US and Russia has returned with a vengeance. Washington, as well as Europe and most of Latin America, has backed Guaido, while Russia, joined by China, has denounced US pressure and insisted that its ally Maduro is the only legitimate head of state.
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