Trump Says US Military Intervention in Venezuela ‘An Option;’ Russia Objects

Trump Says US Military Intervention in Venezuela ‘An Option;’ Russia Objects

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country's Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country's capital of Caracas on January 23.

The statement, which expressed the "most energetic rejection" to the European Union states' decision, added that the Venezuelan government will now revise its bilateral relations with European Union countries who have recognized Guaido as the legitimate interim president.

"The worldwide community's goal should be to help (Venezuela), without destructive meddling from beyond its borders", Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Latin America department at Russia's Foreign Ministry, told Interfax.

"We are not beggars", Maduro said in a speech to troops broadcast on Venezuelan state TV.

The letter states "I am at the service of the cause of Christ", Maduro said, "and with this spirit I have asked for his help". Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have turned out in recent protests to demand Maduro's exit, although he appears to have the support of the nation's powerful military and security services.

Italy's 5-Star Movement, which makes up half of the ruling coalition, dissented from the European stance, saying it would never recognise self-appointed leaders. In a statement, it accused them of submitting to a US "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government" and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly".

Venezuela will reconsider its bilateral relations with European countries which recognised Guaido, said the government, which has already broken off diplomatic relations with the U.S.

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A growing list of 38 countries has now recognized Guaido, including non-EU European nations Kosovo, Iceland and Albania.

"Nicolas Maduro has not called presidential elections within eight day limit we have set", Mr Hunt said.

Maduro, who has maintained the critical support of the military, has said Guaido is staging a US-directed coup against him. According to United Nations statistics, as many as 208,300 Venezuelans have arrived in Spain.

Maduro said Monday he has written to Pope Francis asking for help in fostering dialogue. Uruguay's central bank and the office of the country's president did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Venezuela has suffered an economic meltdown marked by hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities that the opposition blames on the Maduro government. "The moment is now", Guaido said in a speech on Monday in Caracas, urging the military to allow humanitarian aid to reach people.

"Soldiers of the fatherland: We need the humanitarian aid to come, for your mother, your sister and all your family", Guaido said at a news conference at the National Assembly to thank the European governments for their support.

"We think that imposing some kind of decisions or trying to legitimise an attempt to usurp power is both direct and indirect interference in Venezuela's internal affairs", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Maduro, for his part, stood defiant, accusing the United States of preparing a coup in the South American country and rejecting a USA -backed effort to send emergency food and medicine into his country.

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