Venezuela's Guaido challenging Maduro through humanitarian aid

Wilmer Guiado the taxi driving father of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado

The Venezuelan military, which supports embattled president Nicolás Maduro, has attempted to block aid from entering the country by barricading a bridge at a key border crossing.

In a February 5 letter distributed by League leader and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini's office on Wednesday, Guaido asks if he can send a delegation "to illustrate the plan of action to renew democracy in Venezuela" through fair elections.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday demanded that Venezuela's military let in US-backed humanitarian aid, which President Nicolas Maduro has alleged is a cover for invasion.

Police who provide security on the Colombian side of the bridge told Reuters there has been a huge number of Venezuelans asking when and where the aid will be delivered. Government estimates reach 4 million by 2021 if the crisis in Venezuela is not resolved.

However, Maduro retained the support of a small, but powerful, group of countries including Russia, Cuba, China and Turkey.

Guaido, who declared himself interim president last month, is scheduled to meet later on Tuesday with business leaders at Venezuela's main business group, Fedecamaras, to discuss an economic recovery plan under a future transition government in the OPEC-member South American country.

"Meanwhile, they are physically blocking the Venezuelan people, including the military rank and file, from receiving humanitarian assistance".

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Washington, Canada, Colombia, Brazil and dozens of other nations recognize Guaidó as the country's legitimate president, arguing that Maduro is holding onto power through fraudulent elections. "We can not buy drugs in Venezuela, you die before you get them".

"We need more and more pressure on the top of the army corps, and in the top of the political dictatorship", Viera-Blanco said.

In a statement, Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was convinced that the Venezuelan people should be given the right to determine their own future based on the principles of the democratic and the rule of law.

Maduro broke off diplomatic ties with the United States after Trump recognized Guaido.

"This is a pivotal moment for the people of Venezuela - we are observing a widespread rejection of the Maduro regime's illegitimate claim to power following fraudulent elections last May", Trudeau said in his opening remarks before the meeting.

Maduro's government, overseeing an economic collapse that has prompted 3 million Venezuelans to flee the country, lashed out at the European Union nations for recognizing Guaido, accusing them of submitting to a US "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government".

"The more it looks like an overt attack on the authority of Maduro, that makes the aid more of a target", said Konyndyk, who has led US government responses to worldwide disasters.

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