Maduro Sends 100 Tons of Aid to Cuba Despite Venezuela Crisis

Maduro Sends 100 Tons of Aid to Cuba Despite Venezuela Crisis

Maduro Sends 100 Tons of Aid to Cuba Despite Venezuela Crisis

The ministry said that it had initiated a conciliation procedure for a draft decision to support the transition to a democratic government in Venezuela based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said as he announced Madrid had recognized Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly who declared himself last month to be the oil-rich South American country's interim ruler.

Meanwhile, Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said that they would recognize Guaido as Venezuela's interim president unless Maduro called elections by February 3.

"We have received information, from the circle close to the high command, who are no longer evaluating if they let it enter or not, but how they will steal it from us", Guaido told reporters in Caracas.

Franklyn Duarte, an opposition lawmaker from the border state of Tachira, told AFP that troops from the armed forces were blocking the crossing.

"This is a pivotal moment for the people of Venezuela - we are observing a widespread rejection of the Maduro regime's illegitimate claim to power following fraudulent elections last May", he said.

The United States could attempt to seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Maduro's cooperation, but Russian Federation would likely block such a move.

However, Maduro retained the support of a small, but powerful, group of countries including Russia, Cuba, China and Turkey.

He has accused the US of orchestrating a coup against his government and said he is open to dialogue with the opposition.

"We won't skip a beat", Cabello said.

Immediately, the USA was the first to recognise Guaido as the President and also promised humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

Venezuela had gold reserves of 132 tonnes between the central bank's vaults and the Bank of England at the end of November, according to central bank data. Uruguay's central bank and the office of the country's president did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reports have it that tankers carrying as much as 7 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude are sitting in the Gulf of Mexico awaiting clarity.

Maduro has blamed the United States for manufacturing a military coup against his country. Italy reportedly blocked efforts by European Union foreign ministers to agree on a joint declaration on Guaido's interim presidency.

"Yes, we are facing new illegal sanctions from the US".

On Monday, 16 European Union (EU) nations recognised Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim President, in a move backed by the U.S., after Maduro failed to fulfil their demand to announce fresh Presidential elections by Sunday. Norway, not an European Union member, said it also was not recognizing him.

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