Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Canada's Trudeau announces $53 million in aid to Venezuelans

Canada's Trudeau announces $53 million in aid to Venezuelans

Venezuela has the largest reserves in the world, but production has plunged under Mr Maduro's tenure.

"I swear ... that I will defend with my life this fatherland under threat", Maduro said at an event in Aragua state in the north, commemorating the 27th anniversary of a failed coup by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.

On January 29, Washington slapped sanctions on the Venezuelan oil producer PDVSA and later transferred control of some of Venezuela's assets in United States banks to Guaido.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused the European Union of officially submitting to the United States strategy to overthrow the Venezuelan government.

The Russian presidential spokesman thus responded to a journalist's question about the circumstances under which Russia could recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the republic's interim president.

He said he finds the worldwide endorsement of Guaido "problematic" but his main concern is the prospect of military intervention - something the USA, which is not a member of the Lima Group, has mused about.

Two female protesters brandishing a banner and chanting "hands off Venezuela" breached security at the Global Affairs Canada building where Freeland and visiting representatives held a joint press conference to close the day. But for a variety of reasons, the government of President Vladimir Putin sees in Caracas an ally worth cultivating.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Venezuelans had suffered enough.

The Lima Group is a bloc of regional countries that recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

In Europe, undeniably the most outspoken political leader against Maduro was Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

"Venezuela has to be the master of its own destiny, and it is up to the worldwide community to help and respect the outcome of the democratic process and verify that it takes place with all necessary guarantees", he said.

Some EU members are nervous about setting a precedent of recognising a self-proclaimed leader.

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Earlier on Monday, Mr Guaido announced that he was working on creating an global aid coalition that would be delivered at three points yet to be determined.

"As a country that has an open-arms policy towards Venezuelans, we have received many important figures from the democratic opposition", said Federico Hoyos, Colombia's ambassador to Canada.

Since then, he has been courting the worldwide community - including Maduro's staunchest supporters, Russian Federation and China - as well as Venezuela's military leaders.

Other EU states to support Guaido include Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg and Portugal.

They backed his argument that, as leader of the national assembly, he should take control because the presidency was left "vacant", due to 56-year-old Mr Maduro's sham re-election.

Spain, Germany, France and Britain delivered diplomatic blows to Maduro's rule by publicly supporting Guaido after a Sunday deadline for Maduro to call a presidential election passed without action.

Spain, France, Britain and Germany followed through on their promise.

"In Venezuela, there will be peace, and we will guarantee this peace with the civil military union", he told state television, in the company of khaki and black-clad soldiers who were earlier shown carrying guns and jumping from helicopters into the sea.

"Otherwise we are sentenced to death", he said.

"I ask the pope to put in his best effort, his will, to help on the path of dialogue".

All eyes are now on Venezuela's military, which has so far been Maduro's main pillar of support, but there have been signs of wavering in the ranks.

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