Russian Federation backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition - RIA

Russian Federation backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition - RIA

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.

"The UN secretariat has decided not to be part of any of these groups in order to give credibility to our continued offer of good offices to the parties to be able at their request to help find a political solution", Guterres told reporters.

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

The countries had earlier given Maduro an "ultimatum" to call for elections.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Nicolas Maduro's dictatorial government in Venezuela has shown an inexcusable disregard for the rule of law and human rights.

The group built on that backing in its final communique by calling upon "the National Armed Forces of Venezuela to demonstrate their loyalty to the Interim President in his constitutional functions as their Commander in Chief".

Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA is looking to sell more of its oil to customers in Europe and Asia as the US sanctions are cutting off USA buyers of its crude, a senior Venezuelan oil official loyal to Nicolas Maduro told Russian news outlet Sputnik in an interview published on Wednesday.

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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.

Asked whether he would follow suit, Mr Coveney said: "No, our position has been clear".

Italy on Monday blocked a joint European Union position to recognize Guaido as interim president, diplomatic sources said. "We will seek to help him to do so by whatever means possible", the official said.

Eleven of the 14 members of the so-called Lima Group, including Argentina, Brazil and Canada, reiterated their support for Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate interim leader and called for free elections.

"We discussed mutual support for Venezuela's Interim President Guaido, including logistics for providing humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people", Bolton tweeted. "They [the Americans] have been unable to achieve the goal for 20 years", the diplomat said.

Portugal-based Novo Banco halted the $1.2 billion transfer of Venezuelan government financial assets to Uruguayan banks, legislator Carlos Paparoni said during a congressional session, a day after Guaido said authorities were trying to move funds.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who plays a mainly ceremonial role and usually stays out of day-to-day politics, urged the government to overcome differences and back Guaido.

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