05 February, 2019
Italy does not recognize the result of Venezuela's presidential election last May, which Maduro won, and wants new elections as soon as possible, Italy's foreign minister told Agence France-Presse on Monday.
The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election past year and recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country's rightful leader.
The European countries followed the lead set by the United States, which on January 23 became the first country to declare Mr Guaido, 35, the country's rightful ruler.
"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said, urging both fair elections and humanitarian aid.
Venezuela will reconsider its bilateral relations with European countries which recognised Guaido, said the government, which has already broken off diplomatic relations with the U.S.
Sanchez said: "We are working for the return of full democracy in Venezuela: human rights, elections and no more political prisoners".
Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.
Russian Federation also accused European nations of meddling in the Venezuela crisis.
Long-time backers Russian Federation and China are among at least nine nations that have declared their support for Maduro. They have suffered enough and the Maduro regime must end.
Some of the EU countries backing Guaido are part of a newly formed "International Contact Group" of eight European and four Latin American nations. Trump said on Sunday, February 3, that the United States army's intervention in Venezuela was "an option".
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Guterres said he was following the crisis in Venezuela "with a lot of concern", adding that he had discussed the various initiatives put forward with the countries involved.
The situation has always been denounced by the opposition and Guaido stunned the world on January 23 when he declared himself acting president at a rally, declaring Maduro's presidency "illegitimate" and founded on flawed elections.
In addition to the European pressure, a bloc of Latin American nations and Canada were to meet on Monday seeking to maintain pressure on President Maduro.
Meanwhile, the opposition was moving ahead with a risky strategy to bring in humanitarian aid from Colombia, hoping to break the all-important military's loyalty to Maduro.
Moscow - which among others back the Maduro government - stated that such action clearly amounts to foreign meddling.
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.
Venezuelans of Italian origin are a large and influential group in the South American country.
Two opposition rivals with a good chance of winning were barred from standing, while food handouts and other subsidies to hungry Venezuelans were linked with political support.
President Maduro described a potential military confrontation with the United States as "David against Goliath" struggle - one that Trump would regret.
"We think that imposing some kind of decisions or trying to legitimise an attempt to usurp power is both direct and indirect interference in Venezuela's internal affairs", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.