European Powers Poised to Recognize Venezuela’s Juan Guaido

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Pompeo asked that all nations recognize Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, and urged them to end financial transactions with Maduro's government, which has struggled to pay bills despite the country's oil wealth. The Prime Minister's Office said while leaders in the United States have also denounced Maduro, the U.S.is not part of the coalition. "Without elections announced in eight days, we could recognize [Guaido] as Venezuela's "President-in-charge" to implement this political process".

A source familiar with the Trump administration's thinking on Venezuela told Fox News that the White House is encouraged by the fact that Venezuela's Defense Attache in Washington has publicly turned against Maduro and thrown his support behind opposition leader Guaido.

Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido and the press gather around him as he leaves a public plaza where he spoke in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. "We regret that the Security Council is being drawn into those unscrupulous games". "I sent many messages to Donald Trump", he said. The European Union demanded speedy elections and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told the United Nations that the socialist Maduro must go.

Guaido's goal as he tries to consolidate his parallel government, which has worldwide support but no control of the state, is to win over defectors by promising an amnesty policy that would let soldiers, police and civilians take part in public life after a transition, without punishment.

"They intend to put a puppet government in Venezuela, destroy the state and take colonial control of the country".

"Interim President Guaido has invited the United States mission to remain in Venezuela".

"Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side ..."

Earlier this week, the U.S. declared support for Mr Guaido, and most Latin American nations and Canada have all said they back the 35-year-old opposition leader.

On Saturday, the Maduro government announced it had suspended a directive for all U.S. diplomats to leave Venezuela within 72 hours and instead would allow them to remain in the country while talks for a potential "interests offices" take place over the next 30 days.

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Hours earlier the United States urged all nations to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido while Russian Federation accused the Trump administration of attempting "to engineer a coup d'etat" against Maduro - a reflection of the world's deep divisions over the crisis in the embattled Latin American country. A similar body - USINT Havana - represented the United States for years in Cuba before the Obama administration restored diplomatic relations in 2015.

"Venezuela will not allow anyone to impose on us any decision or order", Arreaza said, adding that Caracas has "excellent friends" it can call on for support to defend itself.

Russian Federation has spent billions to build up its influence in Venezuela, and there are concerns that regime change could erase that investment.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has rejected an ultimatum to call a national election within eight days, describing European countries as insolent for making it. Guaido's call for elections in the country quickly won the backing of the Trump administration, and was later followed by similar statements from Canada and a slew of right-leaning Latin American governments, including Venezuela's neighbors Brazil and Colombia.

On January 23, the democratically-elected National Assembly - which is controlled by the opposition - declared Maduro's rule illegitimate.

Several hundred people cheered Guaido, 35, at a rally in Caracas, where the streets were mostly quiet after days of violent protests.

To date, President Maduro retains the levers of power. "We will continue to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine appropriate action", the official said.

The embattled leader said on Wednesday that Caracas would break off diplomatic relations with the U.S. and gave it a 72-hour deadline to pull out its diplomats from the country.

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