Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is becoming increasingly isolated. Nineteen EU countries have recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president – joining much of Latin America, the United States and Canada.
Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Germany all came out in support of Guaido, after President Maduro ignored their ultimatum to call new elections. Fifteen more European countries followed their lead. Russia is accusing the European Union of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs. And the United Nations says it will remain neutral.
A defiant Maduro has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting “a dialogue” to help resolve the crisis. Guaido is calling on the military to “stand up against Maduro”. He is asking the army to allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela.