Romania backs Venezuela's Guaido as interim president

US urges Venezuelan troops to allow aid into the country in exchange for freedom from sanctions

Maduro has been refusing humanitarian aid for years despite widespread hunger and a critical shortage of medicine that has spurred millions of Venezuelans to flee their country to seek the fulfillment of their basic needs.

About 20 European Union nations including Britain, Germany, France and Spain have aligned with the United States in recognizing Guaido's leadership and pressuring socialist President Nicolas Maduro to call a new election.

The Venezuelan tyrant has always claimed humanitarian aid from "the U.S. empire" was like a Trojan horse, a campaign that only served a "coup" by the country's opposition. "There's no democracy, no humanitarian aid".

Trump last week issued sweeping sanctions against state oil company PDVSA, froze profits generated by refining subsidiary Citgo, and has vowed to starve Maduro's government of all revenue.

Most Latin American and European countries also support Venezuelan opposition claims the Maduro government is now illegitimate, after it barred most opposition candidates from running in last year's election.

The Red Cross urged Venezuelans not to politicize the aid issue, without saying how or if the aid would arrive.

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He added that the Venezuelan military was degraded.

Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C) addresses the press as he holds his daughter Miranda, next to his wife Fabiana Rosales (L), outside his home in Santa Fe, Caracas on 31 January 2019. He's managed to rally masses of Venezuelans into the streets to show their support, and he's won backing from almost 50 countries worldwide, including the United States.

On Monday, Canada hosted a meeting of the Lima Group regional bloc to discuss how the worldwide community can further help the people of Venezuela, including through immediate humanitarian assistance.

The Trump administration offered Guaido's interim presidency an initial $20 million in support and Guaido says the aid will come in through neighboring Colombia, Brazil and as yet unidentified Caribbean islands.

High protein energy supplements were also included for young Venezuelan children suffering from malnutrition.

The goods stored at the border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela, consist of corn, flour, lentils and cans of tuna.

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We have been visiting a hospital in Caracas. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

Even if all the accusations being levelled against the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, are basically correct, that does not mean that foreign countries can pick and choose the next leader of the country on their own! The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge between the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers in an apparent attempt to block the aid.

It's unclear what will break the standoff playing out at the Venezuela-Colombia border.

Guaido said the military has to decide whether to "take the side of the constitution" or to "continue on the side of an increasingly isolated dictator". An outspoken Maduro critic, Palomo has openly spoken of amassing a military force in exile to remove the Venezuelan leader from power.

In an interview with AFP, Guaido discusses the entry of foreign aid, contact with the military and whether he would be willing to allow the highly-controversial step of foreign military intervention.

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