The United States has sent food and medicine to Colombia's border with Venezuela, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, although it is still unclear how the aid will get past the objections of President Nicolas Maduro, who has blocked shipments in the past.
Divisions over Venezuela emerged last week during an informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Bucharest, with hardliners pushing to recognise Guaido, those with a more cautious line such as Italy and Greece and legalists like Austria and Luxembourg who wanted to reach consensus.
"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.
Immediately, the USA was the first to recognise Guaido as the President and also promised humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
Guaido accused the military of planning to divert aid in order to distribute it through the socialist government's subsidised food program for supporters.
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So far, Maduro has rejected foreign aid.
Despite repeated calls for his resignation, Maduro has refused to step down, contending that he was legally the President of Venezuela.
Saturday saw rival protests as tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Caracas, some demanding Maduro's resignation and others celebrating 20 years since Maduro's mentor, Hugo Chavez, came to power. "It would mean opening the road to a military intervention", Alessandro Di Battista, a prominent 5-Star figure, said.
Eleven out of 14 countries of the Lima Group have called on the Venezuelan military to show loyalty to interim president Juan Guaido, the organization said in a statement published by Canada's Global Affairs.
"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. While many nations recognize Guaido as interim president, including Spain and Ecuador, which are led by left-leaning social democrats, others have criticized what they see as Washington's more belligerent tone toward the Maduro government, saying it could backfire.
"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.
The current crisis began after Maduro was sworn into a second term last month, following 2018 elections branded illegitimate by the opposition.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Venezuelans had suffered enough.
On Monday, oil prices rose to their highest level yet this year on European markets on the back of the crisis in Venezuela.