Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Venezuela slams European Union countries for aligning with U.S.

Venezuela slams European Union countries for aligning with U.S.

The Tienditas International Bridge was blocked a day prior by the Venezuelan National Guard with a giant orange tanker, two large blue containers and makeshift fencing near the border town of Cucuta in Colombia.

Venezuela's foreign ministry rejected on Monday several European countries' decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

Critics have called last year's disputed presidential vote in which Maduro won re-election a sham, and the mainstream opposition boycotted it.

Shipments were also coming from Venezuelan companies overseas, Colombia, Canada and Germany.

Trudeau made the comments Monday ahead of an emergency meeting of like-minded countries in Ottawa to discuss the political, economic and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, which has spilled over into its neighbours.

Eurasia said USA oil sanctions are "set to have a broad impact" with the government facing "the prospect of running out of gasoline, which could serve as another social catalyst".

Washington, Canada, Colombia, Brazil and dozens of other nations recognize Guaidó as the country's legitimate president, arguing that Maduro is holding onto power through fraudulent elections.

"It's a means of intimidation, but I don't think it will accomplish anything", said Pereira, director of the nonprofit Entre Dos Tierras, which aids Venezuelans migrants.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the European Union of trying to "topple the government by violence and ruse", while berating the USA for treating Venezuela like "one of your states". He spoke at a military rally designed, in part, to display his support among Venezuela's military leaders.

The 35-year-old Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, has galvanised the opposition with a hopeful message.

Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for the Americas and Europe, said Maduro's "mismanagement and kleptocratic approach" are singularly responsible for crippling his country's economy.

Pope Francis also recalled the mediation efforts by one of his predecessors - Pope John Paul II - which helped to avert a full-fledged conflict between Argentina and Chile.

The US could attempt to seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Mr Maduro's co-operation but Russian Federation would probably block such a move.

But the Pope has said that, although he was deeply concerned by the humanitarian suffering, he was not in a position to mediate.

But a defiant Maduro maintains control of the military and calls the Guaido-led opposition a puppet of the United States, which he says is seeking to colonise Venezuela and exploit its vast oil resources.

Canada and its Latin American allies in the Lima Group, along with the United States, have been pushing for Maduro's departure.

However, Maduro retained the support of a small, but powerful, group of countries including Russia, Cuba, China and Turkey.

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