Paris — The crisis in Venezuela has triggered fresh tensions between Washington and Moscow, with chilly exchanges at the UN, but analysts warn against the temptation of seeing the return of Cold War-style divisions. Since Venezuelan parliament leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president on January 23 to challenge President Nicolás 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 Guaidó, while Russia, joined by China, has denounced US pressure and insisted that its ally Maduro is the only legitimate head of state. “There’s a Cold War atmosphere,” says Thomas Posado, an expert in foreign relations at the Paris VIII university in France, but “it’s a lot less ideological. What is particular about the Venezuelan crisis is that there are very contemporary economic interests at stake, linked to how Venezuela’s debt is going to be reimbursed, and to whom.” Russia and China have become the bigge...

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