Kremlin stresses only Venezuelans themselves can find way out of crisis

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Ten European countries, including the United Kingdom, recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido's attempt to seize power in Venezuela on Monday, joining the United States, Canada, and U.S. allies in Latin America in calling for democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

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

Guaido allies plan to take a large quantity of food and medicine donated by the United States, multilateral organizations and non-profit groups across the Colombian border into the Venezuelan state of Tachira this week, according to a person directly involved in the effort.

He said Maduro was seeking to move the money from the Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank to its branch in Uruguay and urged the Montevideo government "not to lend itself to stealing".

On Monday, Guaido said the European Union needed "to act in unison so that the forces, who are still supporting Maduro feel all the weight of Europe's diplomatic and political pressure".

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

Venezuela's ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco, became the latest official to recognize opposition leader Guaido this weekend.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke Sunday with Guaido, praising his "courage and leadership".

They have suffered enough, and the Maduro regime must end.

Trump warned that military intervention remains "an option" for dealing with the crisis in Venezuela.

However, she said that later a group of European countries would release a joint statement calling for snap elections in Venezuela and to recognise the president of the National Assembly as the interim president. Yesterday, an array of European Union states also declared Guaido an "interim president".

Maduro was especially harsh on fellow socialist and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, saying he would have "blood on his hands" if Maduro is toppled.

Amid the rising pressure, Maduro has shown signs he's willing to negotiate.

Maduro said Monday he has written to Pope Francis asking for help in fostering dialogue.

Maduro accused Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, of having taken "a awful decision" in recognising Guaido.

Maduro has overseen several such military drills since Guaido declared himself president to display he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela's armed forces are ready to defend the country.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany, once the political circumstances allow it, would also consider providing humanitarian assistance worth €5 million ($5.7 million) to help ease the plight of Venezuelans who are suffering the effects of a country in economic free fall.

The group has not yet determined which border point it will cross, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The moves by European powers further isolate Maduro, who has already lost the recognition of a host of nations, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Israel.

The United States last week imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA. "Canada should not simply follow the U.S.'s foreign policy, particularly given its history of self-interested interference in the region", said a statement by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh issued January 24.

The Kremlin has managed to maintain a decades-long relationship with Cuba's communist regime, whose intelligence services have worked closely with Russian advisers to make inroads into Venezuela's military and its reserve-rich oil sector.