Back on Jan. 23rd, U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president and promised to “use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy”, and now other nations are following suit
Ten European Union nations have followed the United States and several Latin American countries in backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president, leaving President Nicolas Maduro in an even more precarious position.
Guaidó was acknowledged by France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Lithuania and was encouraged to hold free and fair elections as soon as possible.
“We are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela: human rights, elections and no more political prisoners,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in support of Guaidó.
He noted that Spain, which has a large Venezuelan expat community, also is working on sending a humanitarian sizable humanitarian assistance program to Venezuela.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said that Guaidó “is the legitimate interim president.”
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Venezuelans had suffered long enough, stating that “the oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end.”
In response, Maduro, essentially told the EU and the Trump administration to go pound sand.
“I don’t accept ultimatums from anybody,” Maduro told the Spanish TV channel La Sexta. “Why should the EU be giving ultimatums to a country?”
Maduro’s foreign minister Jorge Arreaza accused European governments of having “once again yielded to the US government strategy,” and warned that Venezuela would “revise” its relations with countries which recognized Guaidó.
“Let’s knock out … the traitors, the coup-mongers and those who call for a gringo intervention in Venezuela.” – Nicolas Maduro