European Union nations back Venezuelan opposition leader

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One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aid would be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta.

This image taken from video, shows a fuel tanker, cargo trailers and makeshift fencing, blocking the Tienditas International Bridge in an attempt to stop humanitarian aid entering from Colombia, as seen from the outskirts of Cucuta, on Colombia's border with Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

The government "expresses its most energetic rejection of the decision adopted by some European governments, in which they officially submit to the US administration's strategy to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro", it said in a statement, and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly".

At the Group's meeting Monday in Ottawa, Canada, which is a member, pledged $53 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela. "With ministers Néstor Ruiz Reverol and Aristóbulo Istúriz [minister of Education and vice president for social affairs], we said goodbye to the crew".

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a stern tweet that Maduro must let the food through to Venezuela's starving people.

At the same time, the group welcomed into the Lima Group Guaido's "legitimate government of Venezuela" and vowed to "recognize and work with" his representatives in their respective countries.

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"Donald Trump's threats violate the United Nations charter, which prohibits the threat of the use of force or the use of force against any country", said Maduro.

"Nicolás Maduro, who was elected in a vote voted illegitimate by the European Union, the US, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other Latin American countries in 2018, has already announced that he will not comply with the call to organize new and transparent presidential elections", the ministry said. He has repeatedly called on Venezuela's military, which has remained loyal to Maduro, to support a transition to democracy.

Backbench Labour MP Chris Williamson has hit out at the UK's response to the Venezuelan crisis for following the lead of US President Trump.

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

Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the United States after Trump recognized Guaido.

"But key Maduro ally Russian Federation slammed what it called interference in the oil-rich but now poor Latin American country, saying it was an attempt to "legitimize usurped power".

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

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