USA sends food, meds to Venezuela border

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid Spain Monday Feb. 4 2019. Sanchez told reporters we are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela, as Spain France and Sweden join countrie

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez delivers a statement at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid Spain Monday Feb. 4 2019. Sanchez told reporters we are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela, as Spain France and Sweden join countrie

Many European Union nations and Latin American countries, in addition to the United States, have expressed their support for Guaido, who is the president of the National Assembly, while Russian Federation and China have long backed embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Williamson, a prominent Corbynite MP, argued that instead of doing as they're told by President Trump, Theresa May's government should be working with the global community to find a peaceful resolution between Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and Guaido's opposition party.

It is unclear how the aid will get to Venezuela without the blessing of President Nicolas Maduro and cooperation of the Venezuelan military, which has remained loyal to the socialist leader and is stationed on the Venezuelan side of the border.

Subsequently, Guaido, on January 23, proclaimed himself to be the President, despite Maduro winning the presidential elections a year ago.

Germany, Spain, France, Britain and Sweden are among the European countries that decided Monday to endorse Guaido and his call for a new round of presidential race in the country. He spoke at a military rally designed, in part, to display his support among Venezuela's military leaders.

"We are observing a widespread rejection of the Maduro regime's illegitimate claim to power following fraudulent elections last May", he stated.

This weekend he plans to oversee a deliberate provocation of the military by ordering in supplies of humanitarian aid.

Guaido has described the emergency shipments as a "test" for Venezuela's armed forces, which will have to choose if they allow the much needed aid to pass, or if they instead obey orders.

Guaido appealed to the military's "conscience" to let the aid reach those most in need.

His fledgling alternative administration will also hold talks in Washington February 14 on responding to "the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history".

In her opening remarks at the meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Lima Group allies stand on the side of human rights and of a peaceful, democratic and constitutional transition in Venezuela. "If they want to help, then end the blockade and the sanctions".

The U.N. had earlier this week offered to mediate the meeting - which will involve eight European Union member states, as well as Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Uruguay.

"Under Maduro's stewardship, oil-dependent Venezuela has plunged into an economic crisis, suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine". "With ministers Néstor Ruiz Reverol and Aristóbulo Istúriz [minister of Education and vice president for social affairs], we said goodbye to the crew".

Guaido asked Italy's ruling coalition leaders in a letter to meet with his representatives as he seeks their explicit backing.

Maduro has flatly rejected demands for new elections, telling Spanish television he would not "cave in to pressure".

Mr Guaido has called for further protests.

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