European Union countries part of 'a gringo plot' against Venezuela, Maduro claims

European Union countries part of 'a gringo plot' against Venezuela, Maduro claims

European Union countries part of 'a gringo plot' against Venezuela, Maduro claims

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sent 100 tons of construction material to Cuba in the wake of a deadly tornado that caused serious losses in Havana a week ago, according to the Miami Herald, a move that comes as Maduro has dismissed offers of global aid amid a political crisis in his own country.

He said: 'I'm not going to be a traitor, a weak man who turned his back on his historic commitments to his people. Are they now beholden to what Donald Trump decides?

Rejecting European calls for new elections he said the country had gone to the polls 25 times in 20 years, saying the "problem is in the opposition".

The 35-year-old Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, has galvanized the opposition with a hopeful message.

"On one side you will say "democracy, democracy, democracy" and 'ballot box, ballot box, ballot box" and later you will dare to topple the government by violence and ruse, ' he said.

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Already many Venezuelans have to cross into neighboring states for medicine and supplies, such is the dire situation at home.

The US and other countries have already pledged humanitarian aid for Guaido's administration, though it remains to be seen where and how it can enter the country without the military's support.

Before the Lima Group met, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $40 million in humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and condemned the Maduro government as a "dictatorship willing to use force and fear".

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

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The United Nations will not join any group of nations promoting initiatives to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, the UN chief said Monday, indicating he will not attend a meeting of several countries in Uruguay this week.

Eleven of the group's 14 members issued a joint statement calling for a peaceful change of government in Venezuela, without military intervention.

"We believe production will likely fall to around 900,000 b/d under pressure from sanctions and a lack of materials for workovers, but we expect waivers will ease the full impact of the sanctions until they expire", Hittle said.

France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands's coordinated move came after the expiry of an eight-day ultimatum for Mr Maduro to call a new election.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Monday's European declarations as "attempts to legitimize usurped power" and "interference in Venezuela's internal affairs".

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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.

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