European Union nations recognise Guaido as Venezuela leader

Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido

Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido gives his thumb up to thousands of supporters in Caracas

The coordinated recognition by a flood of European Union nations including Britain, Germany, France and Spain followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Maduro to call a new presidential election, aligning them with Washington and against Russian Federation and China.

Guaido issued the call in a surprise appearance via video link to the gathering of Lima Group members and several other partners, including the United States and European partners in Ottawa.

"We aren't going to hand Venezuela over", said the Venezuelan president.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke Sunday with Guaido, praising his "courage and leadership".

Opposition demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, called by opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido, near Parque Cristal in Caracas, Venezuela on January 30, 2019.

If all European countries follow in the footsteps of the Trump Administration, their decision to recognise Guaido could potentially cut the Venezuelan Government off from any accounts or assets in those countries.

Senior politicians were urged to rethink rules that require all 28 member states to approve diplomatic decisions in response to Italy vetoing a planned statement that would have declared the bloc's backing for Juan Guaido.

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Long-time backers Russian Federation and China are among at least nine nations that have declared their support for Maduro.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez steps out of the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, September 12, 2018.

On Sunday, Maduro addressed troops on military exercises, calling on them for "maximum cohesion".

Amid the rising pressure, Maduro has shown signs he's willing to negotiate.

Maduro said Monday he has written to Pope Francis asking for help in fostering dialogue.

Such intervention "does not contribute in any way to a peaceful, effective and vital settlement to the crisis that Venezuelans are enduring", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS. But he didn't say if the Holy See would recognize Guaido and said he had no business interfering in the crisis.

Maduro's government, overseeing an economic collapse that has prompted 3 million Venezuelans to flee the country, lashed out at the European Union nations, saying their move would affect relations with Caracas. It aims to facilitate dialogue and is due to hold its first meeting in Uruguay on Thursday.

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At the news conference closing today's meeting in Ottawa of the Lima Group of nations, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the idea that opposition to Maduro is part of a coup plot organized by western democracies "could not be further from the truth". "I tend to be an optimist; in this case, I do not have particularly positive expectations", European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters on Friday in Bucharest, as she announced the bloc could consider new sanctions against Maduro.

Mr Guaido, who leads the National Assembly, declared himself caretaker leader last month in a move splitting global powers and bringing Venezuelans onto the streets. "Their support for us has been fundamental", he said.

Asked about USA threats to weigh in by force, Duncan said "there has been no mention whatsoever of military intervention".

The International Committee of the Red Cross is among the groups who have warned about the dangers of deploying aid without the consent of the Maduro government, which has repeatedly rejected the offers.

Canada has announced a humanitarian relief package for Venezuela.

In 2019, the International Monetary Fund predicts that Venezuela's inflation will reach 10 million per cent, and an update to its World Economic Outlook in October estimated that consumer prices in the country would rise by 1,370,000 per cent by the end of 2018.

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