Netherlands recognises Guadio as Venezuelan leader after deadline expires

UK recognises Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela

Netherlands recognises Guadio as Venezuelan leader after deadline expires

On 26 January, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made clear that unless Nicolas Maduro called presidential elections within 8 days, the United Kingdom would recognise National Assembly President, Juan Guaido, as the interim President of Venezuela, in line with the Venezuelan constitution.

Guaido repeatedly has called on Venezuela's military, which has remained loyal to Maduro, to support a transition to democracy.

Mr. Trudeau said the bulk of the funding will go to "trusted" organizations on the ground in Venezuela and neighbouring countries to help support them as they handle the influx of refugees.

"I'm with the Venezuelan people against regimes like that of Maduro, based on violence, fear and hunger", League leader Matteo Salvini said last month.
Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account.

"Handing out ultimatums, sanctions, freezing Venezuelan goods ..."

The 14-nation so-called Lima Group, which includes Canada and Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico but not the United States, met in Ottawa to discuss the way forward on Venezuela.

In a video statement posted on Twitter, Sanchez recognised Guaido as interim leader and called for new elections "as soon as possible".

"In Venezuela, there will be peace, and we will guarantee this peace with the civil military union", he told state television, in the company of khaki and black-clad soldiers who were earlier shown carrying guns and jumping from helicopters into the sea. In a statement, it accused them of submitting to a US "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government" and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly".

Moscow has labeled the attempts by other countries to legitimize the usurpation of power in Venezuela as meddling into the country's internal affairs, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

The EU nations had attempted to pressure Mr.

Russian Federation and China, who have poured billions of dollars of investment and loans into Venezuela, are supporting Mr Maduro in an extension of their geopolitical tussle with the United States.

He added that Venezuela is being "threatened by the biggest powers in the world".

On Monday, Maduro said he had written to Pope Francis, urging him to play a mediating role.

"The 5-Star Movement and this government will never recognize people who appoint themselves president". Uruguay's central bank and the office of the country's president did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

After several years of opposition efforts to oust Maduro, Guaido declared himself acting president at a rally on January 23.

Meanwhile, the opposition was moving ahead with a risky strategy to bring in humanitarian aid from Colombia, hoping to break the all-important military's loyalty to Maduro.

The US president has ruled out any negotiations while maintaining that sending the US military to Venezuela was "an option".

In New York, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said U.N. officials will not participate in global initiatives on Venezuela in order to remain neutral.

The Trump administration last week issued crippling sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, a key source of revenue for the country, which is experiencing medicine shortages and malnutrition.

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