Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

"David’s sling is in our hands" — Maduro warns Trump

"Nicolas Maduro has not called presidential elections within eight day limit we have set", Mr Hunt said. Maduro into calling snap elections by the end of Sunday, an appeal he ignored.

"We are in permanent contact with the governments of Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Germany".

Austria, Sweden and Denmark also recognised Guaido.

Germany, France, Britain and Spain were among the European Union states to officially endorse Guaido and call for fresh elections in crisis-hit Venezuela.

"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.

In Europe, undeniably the most outspoken political leader against Maduro was Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

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

"Elections that are free, democratic, with guarantees and without exclusions, in which Venezuelans decide, with their voice and vote, their future, without fear, pressure or threats".

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the European Union of officially submitting to the USA strategy to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

"Venezuelans have the right to express themselves freely and democratically", French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

"Let's hope this takes us closer to ending humanitarian crisis". The move further sidelines the authoritarian government of Nicolas Maduro, which has been declared illegitimate by Canada and many of its allies.

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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 a year ago [in Venezuela]".

Moscow - which among others back the Maduro government - stated that such action clearly amounts to foreign meddling. "We recognise as the legitimate institution in the country the National Assembly and recognize the role of its president".

The United Nations will not join any group of nations promoting initiatives to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, the UN chief said Monday, indicating he will not attend a meeting in Uruguay this week of several countries.

However, as President Maduro still controls Venezuelan ports of entry, Mr Guaido has called on forces to allow the entry of the aid to the country.

The Government, it said, will "completely revise bilateral relations with those countries from now on". Our worldwide editor Lindsey Hilsum is in Caracas.

"I refuse to call for elections now - there will be elections in 2024". In a statement, it accused them of submitting to a USA "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government" and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly". You are making mistakes that will leave your hands covered in blood.

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.

Venezuela's ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco, became the latest official to recognize opposition leader Guaido this weekend. Already, the Bank of England has reportedly denied a request by Maduro to repatriate US$1.3 billion worth of Venezuelan gold being kept in its vaults.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in an interview that the election that brought Maduro to power was neither free or fair.

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.

"Why would you want a repeat of Vietnam in Latin America?"

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