Australia supports Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido

29 January, 2019, 00:54 | Author: Mary Valdez
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Britain, Germany, France and Spain all said they would recognise Mr Guaido if Mr Maduro failed to call new elections within eight days, an ultimatum Russian Federation said was "absurd" and the Venezuelan foreign minister called "childlike". "We trust solidarity of Turkish nation and President Erdogan". They should take back this ultimatum.

Venezuela abandoned its decision to sever diplomatic ties with the US, stating that each country agreed to keep a so-called interest section open in their respective capitals.

Guaido said opposition sympathizers should take to the streets on Wednesday to pass out copies of a pamphlet proposing amnesty that would give some legal protection to members of the military in hopes they will turn against Maduro.

Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, said on Sunday he was praying that "a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights".

The United States is far and away the larger purchaser of Venezuelan oil, although in absolute terms the volume has been sliding lower for a number of years.

Maduro has received support from Russia, Syria, Turkey and China as well as longtime allies Cuba and Bolivia.

"All that is happening is linked to America".

"The people of Venezuela believe in each one of you", Silva said, handing them the leaflets.

Although he professed himself "open to dialogue", he acknowledged it was unlikely.

Pompeo and President Donald Trump have been intransigent in the face of Maduro's fury.

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"It is most important now that Venezuelans themselves should settle all differences that can be between them in the framework of the constitution and the only help that all of us can offer is not to meddle in the situation like certain countries are doing directly", Peskov stressed.

Last week, Guaido declared Maduro's rule illegitimate and declared himself Venezuela's leader.

In a statement issued on January 26, the European Union called for the "urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in accordance with internationally democratic standards and the Venezuelan constitutional order".

Some 29 people have been killed and more than 350 people have been detained in clashes this week between anti-Maduro activists and security forces. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem", Pompeo told the UN Security Council on Saturday during an emergency session called by the U.S. With Venezuelan allies China and Russian Federation holding veto power, there was little chance the United Nations body would agree to take action.

The ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China looks unlikely to end any time soon and the impact of the dispute on the Chinese economy is increasing. The U.S. imported less than 500,000 barrels a day of Venezuelan crude and petroleum products in 2017, down from more than 1.2 million barrels a day in 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Washington said it was ignoring the order as it no longer considered Maduro the president - but withdrew non-essential staff and argued that Maduro still bore responsibility for diplomats' safety.

It follows similar declarations by the US, Britain, Germany and France.

Crude oil production, the authority said, reached 11.7 million bpd as of December 2018, with exports at 2.4 million bpd on average during the same month, flat on November but a lot stronger than in the first months after the removal of the oil export moratorium. "Our priority remains the safety and protection of our personnel and USA citizens overseas".

Venezuela is very reliant on the US for its oil revenue.

'We're not considering anything, but all options are on the table, ' Trump said.

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