Venezuela UPRISING: Maduro on brink over aid block - 'Everyone is hungry!'

Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group gather for a meeting concerning Venezuela in Lima Peru Friday Jan. 4 2019

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Crispin Blunt said Venezuela had been "systematically looted" by the country's ruling class and warned it was the British government's responsibility to seize any ill-gotten gains within its jurisdiction.

Subsequently, Guaido, on January 23, proclaimed himself to be the President, despite Maduro winning the presidential elections a year ago.

Maduro, though, said humanitarian aid would be the forerunner of a US-led invasion, insisting that "no one will enter, not one invading soldier".

Lavrov said Moscow considers the situation in Venezuela "alarming" particularly because of the recognition of Guaido as interim president by a range of countries.

But Maduro's government a year ago sold 73 tonnes of gold to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates without the required approval of the opposition-led National Assembly, Paparoni told a news conference.

The ministry said that it had initiated a conciliation procedure for a draft decision to support the transition to a democratic government in Venezuela based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

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National Assembly speaker Juan Guaido has made bringing in humanitarian aid a priority in his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro's authority.

Bulgaria has joined the majority of European Union countries in recognising Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela.

Hundreds of protesters marched down two main Buenos Aires avenues to the US embassy on Tuesday in a show of support for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and to oppose USA involvement in that country.

Immediately, the U.S. was the first to recognise Guaido as the President and also promised humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

The United States could attempt to seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Maduro's cooperation, but Russian Federation would likely block such a move.

This weekend he plans to oversee a deliberate provocation of the military by ordering in supplies of humanitarian aid.

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In a trip to Washington on Wednesday, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that any attempt to block aid from entering Venezuela is tantamount to "a crime".

Guaido claimed on Monday that the armed forces were planning on diverting the stockpiled aid meant for those most in need to regime supporters through the government's subsidized food program. Taking a jibe at the US President, he said: "So we have to go through a war to reconsider our relationship and our respect?"

Facing increasing isolation overseas, Maduro told Italy's SkyTG24 television on Monday that he had written a letter to the pope requesting his help.

Sixteen European countries recognized Guaido on Monday.

Maduro has flatly rejected demands for new elections, telling Spanish television he would not "cave in to pressure".

"The United Nations said 40 people were killed in clashes with security forces in a week of protests last month, coinciding with Guaido's self-proclamation as acting leader".

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