United Kingdom and other European countries recognise Guaidó as Venezuela's leader

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

I think America knows very well that Maduro is the legitimate president, but unfortunately America has financial problems at the moment and is also lacking in resources.

Franklin Graham, chief executive of relief group Samaritan's Purse and the son of renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham, said until humanitarian groups had access inside Venezuela, most aid likely would remain outside.

President Maduro has rejected offers of aid from the U.S., having told his supporters on Saturday that Venezuela was not "a country of beggars".

Nonetheless, Guterres said he was following the crisis in Venezuela "with a lot of concern". He posted a video on YouTube declaring his country's transition to democracy was "imminent".

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In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

At one point, protesters interrupted the press conference by spreading out a banner reading "Hands Off Venezuela". Two plainclothed police officers escorted the two women out without incident.

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Meanwhile, the Lima Group, an association of American countries, recommended stopping short of further sanctions on Mr Maduro's regime.

"Unfortunately we are still under a dictatorship in Venezuela at the moment". "I would like to reaffirm ... our actions and our co-operation with the Lima Group, along with Canada, and all the countries".

Will humanitarian aid prove a desperately needed lifeline for Venezuelans or the next battleground of the standoff that's got the whole planet picking sides?

The funds will go to "trusted partners" and neighbouring countries, Trudeau said. "You want to humiliate Venezuela, and I will not let our people be humiliated", he said on Monday.

"The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end", he said.

The foreign minister was asked about the issue on a trip to Brussels yesterday as European Union ministers debated their response to the crisis in the South American country. On Monday European countries came on board, with Spain, Germany, France, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Lithuania calling for free and fair elections as soon as possible.

"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said as he announced Madrid had recognized Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly who declared himself last month to be the oil-rich South American country's interim ruler. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Guaido is now Venezuela's "legitimate interim president".

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