Canada announces $53M in aid to people of Venezuela

Canada announces $53M in aid to people of Venezuela

Canada announces $53M in aid to people of Venezuela

Speaking further, the ambassador said that Venezuela would favor Russia's mediation in the settlement of the escalating political crisis in the country. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him as president.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

Guaido accused Maduro's government of trying to move up to $1.2 billion from the state development bank Bandes to a financial entity in Uruguay, but did not present evidence.

The Foreign Ministry said that on January 26 2019, the European Union, including Bulgaria, called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and fair presidential elections in Venezuela.

Mexico was once an outspoken critic of Maduro.

Radev, head of state for the past two years after election on a ticket backed by the opposition and pro-Moscow Bulgarian Socialist Party, said that there is a real risk of escalation and violence in Venezuela, and it was critical to maintain dialogue between the government and the opposition.

A masked anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail towards Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guardsmen who clashed with the small group of demonstrators when they tried to block a road after the group attended a peaceful demonstration called by self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, to demand the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. It is unclear how the supplies will get into Venezuela without Maduro's blessing and cooperation of the Venezuelan military, which has remained loyal to his government and is stationed on the Venezuelan side of the border.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Miami on Friday that the United States was ready to deliver aid to Venezuelans.

Mr Maduro has written a letter to Pope Francis requesting a renewal of dialogue in the crisis.

The United States is sending food and medical supplies to Colombia's border with Venezuela where it will be stockpiled until it can be delivered to the economically shattered nation, US officials with knowledge of the plan said today.

Those countries "are officially adopting the strategy of the USA administration to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro", the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Maduro's critics have said incompetent policies and corruption have impoverished the once-wealthy nation, leaving it with widespread shortages of food and medicine and hyperinflation forecast to reach 10 million percent in 2019.

- State oil company PDVSA, which accounts for most of Venezuela's export earnings, stood by Maduro. Trump, in an interview that aired on Sunday, said military intervention in Venezuela was "an option".

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