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Divided Italy blocks European Union statement on recognizing Venezuela's Guaido

Divided Italy blocks European Union statement on recognizing Venezuela's Guaido

Among them, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and the Netherlands all acknowledged Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Guaido has won backing from the United States, European powers including France, Germany and Spain, Canada, Australia and a dozen Latin American countries to take over the leadership, but Russian Federation and China continue to support Maduro.

"I sent a letter to Pope Francis", Maduro told Italy's SkyTG24 television in an interview broadcast on Monday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido gaining more worldwide support. But he didn't say if the Holy See would recognize Guaido and said he had no business interfering in the crisis.

However, not all in the European Union have offered resounding support for the National Assembly leader.

A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election.

He noted that "free peoples and governments" demanded dialogue for peace in Venezuela.

"Therefore, Guaido is the person we are talking to and we expect him to begin an election process as soon as possible".

All eyes are now on Venezuela's military, which has so far been Maduro's main pillar of support, but there have been signs of wavering in the ranks.

On January 29, Washington slapped sanctions on the Venezuelan oil producer PDVSA and later transferred control of some of Venezuela's assets in U.S. banks to Guaido.

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The EU nations had attempted to pressure Mr.

Speaking to reporters in Brussels after a meeting of European Union foreign affairs ministers, top EU diplomat Federica Mogherini said that "the EU and its member states never recognised as legitimate the presidential elections that were held previous year [in Venezuela]".

If all European countries follow in the footsteps of the Trump Administration, their decision to recognise Guaido could potentially cut the Venezuelan Government off from any accounts or assets in those countries.

Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse and the exodus of millions of Venezuelans, said in an interview that aired on Spanish television channel Antena 3 on Sunday: "We don't accept ultimatums from anyone", adding: "I refuse to call for elections now - there will be elections in 2024".

"We know that the people of Venezuela are facing tremendous hardship and they need our help, as do the countries who have taken in those fleeing violence", Mr. Trudeau said.

Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.

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

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. Trump said on Sunday, February 3, that the USA army's intervention in Venezuela was "an option".

Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said the group wants to end Venezuela's political stalemate through the ballot box, preventing a civil war or an "illegitimate foreign intervention".

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