Maduro rejects Europe ultimatum

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘Maduro Brother Stand Tall’ in Venezuela		FEDERICO PARRA Amilcar Orfali  Getty Images24 Jan 2019

Turkey’s Erdogan ‘Maduro Brother Stand Tall’ in Venezuela FEDERICO PARRA Amilcar Orfali Getty Images24 Jan 2019

Washington on Saturday urged the world to "pick a side" on Venezuela and financially disconnect from Maduro's government.

Venezuela's top commanders have pledged loyalty to Maduro's government since Guaido declared himself interim leader, asserting that Maduro's re-election a year ago was fraudulent.

Guaido says he is acting in accordance with two articles of the constitution that give the National Assembly president the right to hold power temporarily and call new elections. Invoking constitutional provisions, National Assembly leader Guaido declared himself interim president until there are new elections.

The remarks came four days after the Trump administration recognized Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó as interim president after Guaidó and his supporters asserted that the election a year ago that kept Maduro in power was illegitimate. No one gives us ultimata. And he seeks to stop the crisis in the country with preventive measures and prevent the participation of the United States and their partners in the crisis inside the country.

Britain, Germany, France and Spain all said they would recognize Guaido if Maduro failed to call fresh elections within eight days, an ultimatum Russian Federation said was "absurd" and the Venezuelan foreign minister called "childlike".

The statement from Australian foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, follows a threat from European leaders on Sunday to recognise Guaidó unless Maduro calls an election in the next eight days.

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In his first interview since the intense leadership struggle began last week, Mr Maduro branded the European countries' actions a "mistake".

Francis said Sunday from nearby Panama that he was feeling particularly close to Venezuelans in these days of crisis.

Pope Francis is calling for a "just and peaceful solution" to Venezuela's political crisis that respects human rights and works for the good of all people.

But as the sun set on Venezuela's capital, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying Maduro's government was suspending the expulsion to provide a 30-day window for negotiations about setting up a "U.S. interests office" in Venezuela and a similar Venezuelan office in the U.S. The U.S. and Cuba had a similar arrangement for decades before the Obama administration restored diplomatic relations with the communist-run island.

The move came after Maduro severed relations with the USA due to President Donald Trump's January.

"Time for a new start for the suffering ppl (people) of Venezuela". "The legislature can not seize power from the President, and Venezuela's Supreme Court has declared their actions unconstitutional". "Venezuela wants peace.and to guarantee peace, we have to be prepared", he said. Countries with ties to Maduro's regime, like Russia, China, and Turkey, have all declared their support for the embattled dictator, and are pressuring the United States and Europe to back off a "regime change", even as Venezuelans pour over their country's borders in search of food, clean water, medical care, and other basic necessities. It says it will provide a 30-day window for negotiating with US officials about setting up a "U.S. interests office" in Venezuela and a similar Venezuelan office in the United States.

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