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Former Spanish PM, Aznar, stated that in South America related issues, the EU usually takes advice from Spain.

 

Well, the current Spanish government is supported by a radical left party that is very Maduro-friendly, so it has not recognized the new Venezuelan president.

By the same token has not yet formally endorsed the newly "reelected" Maduro.

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Former Spanish PM, Aznar, stated that in South America related issues, the EU usually takes advice from Spain.

 

Well, the current Spanish government is supported by a radical left party that is very Maduro-friendly, so it has not recognized the new Venezuelan president.

By the same token has not yet formally endorsed the newly "reelected" Maduro.

 

I do not know. Care to provide some source?

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That looks more precise. The EU has so far called for free and fair elections, which is pretty much supporting Guaidó's position, but stopping short of recognizing him as legitimate interim president; most members have basically stated "yeah, what she said", though the German government for example has indicated that they might recognize Guaidó if elections don't come about pronto.

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India and Indians appear to be heavily invested in Venezuela's energy sector and would be at the economic mercy of decisions made by a new Venezuelan regime seeking to make agreements with Maduro's signature worthless.

 

Combined with India and Indians continuing to be one of the largest purchasers of Venezuelan crude and their continuing to be the largest importer of Venezuelan oil in Asia, and the reasons why on Earth the world's largest democracy would continue to trade with Venezuela and continue to recognize Maduro become more clear in various ways.

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I'm ildly wondering what Russia or China could do beyond words to prop up Maduro á la Assad, in a purely technical way;

 

Ah.

 

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

 

Contractors linked to the Wagner group, which has carried out missions in Ukraine and Syria, reportedly travelled to Venezuela

Andrew Roth in Moscow

Fri 25 Jan 2019 19.31 GMT

 

Last modified on Fri 25 Jan 2019 20.23 GMT

 

Russian private security contractors have travelled to Venezuela to provide security to the embattled president Nicolás Maduro, the Reuters news agency has reported.

 

Citing three sources, the news agency said that the mercenaries are linked to the Wagner group, which has carried out missions in Ukraine and Syria and is now reportedly active in countries in Africa, too.

 

If it is confirmed that contractors from the group traveled to Venezuela, this would be their first known deployment in the western hemisphere.

 

“The order came down on Monday to form a group to go to Venezuela. They are there to protect those at the highest levels of the government,” Yevgeny Shabaev, a Cossack leader with ties to military contractors, told the Guardian by telephone.

 

Shabaev, one of the sources cited by Reuters, is a campaigner for the rights of veterans, a group that overlaps heavily with those who join mercenary groups in Russia. He said he had been told about the trip by the relatives of the military contractors. A government spokesman did not immediately respond for comment about the report, although he had earlier told Reuters that the Kremlin had “no such information”.

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/25/venezuela-maduro-russia-private-security-contractors

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Interesting is that according to the map above Western Sahara finally got its independence from Morocco and is making its own foreign policy by 'tacitly' supporting Maduro.

Nothing is perfect: according to this map, Crimea is not Russia.

 

That comment made my day! :)

 

Thus started the painful trip of Roman to Northern Siberia...

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Interesting is that according to the map above Western Sahara finally got its independence from Morocco and is making its own foreign policy by 'tacitly' supporting Maduro.

Nothing is perfect: according to this map, Crimea is not Russia.

 

That comment made my day! :)

 

Thus started the painful trip of Roman to Northern Siberia...

 

Taking into account Earth is flat and rectangular according to this map, its failure to correctly represent borders of Russia is minor problem :) By the way Siberia is usually divided into Eastern and Western parts, not South and North :)

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Tyumen is best city to live in Putinland. The Rus have learned that PMCs are both useful and lucrative.

 

What is PMCs?

 

 

The problem with the opposition is that they are fragmented. This is Madurexit.

Maidan was also fragmened. Who cares, when US Embassy stepping in - hardly any Gov could resist.

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The EU has so far called for free and fair elections, which is pretty much supporting Guaidó's position, but stopping short of recognizing him as legitimate interim president; most members have basically stated "yeah, what she said", though the German government for example has indicated that they might recognize Guaidó if elections don't come about pronto.

 

France, Germany, Spain give Venezuela deadline for election plan

 

Jan 26, 2019

 

New York/Berlin (dpa) - Germany, France and Spain say they will recognize Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president unless a plan for fresh elections is announced within eight days.

 

"The Venezuelan people must be able to freely decide their own future," the French president wrote on Twitter, echoing similar statements from German and Spanish governments.

 

"Unless elections are announced in the next eight days, we are ready to recognize Juan Guaido as interim president," German government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said.

 

"We are not seeking to install or remove governments, we want democracy and free elections in Venezuela," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

 

The US and more than half a dozen Latin American nations and Albania have already thrown their support behind the opposition. Other countries - including Russia, Iran, Turkey, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua - have backed President Nicolas Maduro.

 

The announcement comes as UN Security Council prepares to convene to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela.

 

http://www.dpa-international.com/topic/france-germany-spain-give-venezuela-deadline-election-plan-190126-99-730338

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As the only shade of blue from all of Asia in that map. Both dated January 25th.

 

1. In Venezuela, the deterioration of the economic and social situation has seriously affected its people's lives and there are many Venezuelan people who are forced to depart the country. Such situation is deplorable. Japan considers that responsible measures should be swiftly taken to improve such situation. In addition, Japan will continue to provide necessary support in cooperation with neighboring countries of Venezuela.

2. Regarding the situation of Venezuela since the presidential inauguration ceremony held on January 10th, 2019, Japan urges that the will of Venezuelan people seeking recovery of democracy based on its constitutional order should be respected. In addition, Japan hopes that democracy in Venezuela will be recovered peacefully with a broad participation of the Venezuelan people.

https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press4e_002308.html

 

 

[Asahi Shinbun reporter] One more question which is related to Venezuela. With countries such as the US approve of the activities of the outside party parliamentary chairman declaring to become the interm president, what is the position of Japan and the thinking or response of the Cabinet Minister?

 

[Minister of Foreign Affairs Kono] Japan seeks a quick rectification and improvement to the situation in Venezuela in which over 2 million civilians are unable to live within the country and thus have no choice but to take refuge in surrounding countries. I'm currently thinking that japan will cooperate with the surrounding countries that are receiving refugees and sufferers, and offer as much support as possible. Regarding the Venezuelan political situation, because the cabinet minster is thinking that democracy in accordance to the constitution should be restored as soon as possible, I'm thinking that we want to apply effort in getting this kind of situation under control.

 

【朝日新聞 清宮記者】もう1点,ベネズエラの関係でお伺いします。野党の国会議長が暫定大統領への就任を宣誓して,アメリカなど承認する動きが相次いでいますが,日本の立場,大臣のお考え・受け止めをお願いします。

【河野外務大臣】ベネズエラの国民がおそらく200万人,あるいはそれ以上,国内で生活できず,周辺国に避難せざるを得ない状況になっていることに対して,日本としては早急な状況の改善・是正を求めたいと思います。日本としてこの難民,避難民を受け入れている周辺国と連携をし,また可能な限りの支援を提供したいというふうに思っております。ベネズエラの政局については,憲法に則った民主主義が早急に回復されるべきと考えておりますので,そのような事態の収拾に努めていただきたいというふうに思っております。

 

https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/kaiken/kaiken4_000795.html

@4:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adCFt_0ezDg&index=90&list=PLz2FHGxPcAliHozdhbqmvvbkaOL0eT4g1&t=0s

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Interesting is that according to the map above Western Sahara finally got its independence from Morocco and is making its own foreign policy by 'tacitly' supporting Maduro.

Nothing is perfect: according to this map, Crimea is not Russia.

 

That comment made my day! :)

 

Thus started the painful trip of Roman to Northern Siberia...

 

Taking into account Earth is flat and rectangular according to this map, its failure to correctly represent borders of Russia is minor problem :) By the way Siberia is usually divided into Eastern and Western parts, not South and North :)

 

Well, to the northern parts of one of the two Siberias, then. :P

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Tyumen is best city to live in Putinland. The Rus have learned that PMCs are both useful and lucrative.

 

What is PMCs?

 

 

 

 

 

PMC = Private Military Contractor. Wagner in Russia is regarded as such an organization.

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Gold Withdrawal, denied:

 

 

Bank of England blocks Maduro's $1.2B gold withdrawal - report

 

The Bank of England has blocked Nicolas Maduro's officials from withdrawing $1.2 billion worth of gold, Bloomberg reported, dealing a further blow to the embattled Venezuelan President as he tries to salvage his authority.

 

According to the report, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter, the gold is a significant part of the $8 billion in foreign reserves held by the Venezuelan central bank.
CNN has not been able to independently verify the report and is attempting to get a response from Maduro's officials.
The move by the Bank of England came after top U.S. officials urged the British government to help cut off Maduro's access to his country's assets, the report said, and instead steer them towards opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has claimed the presidency.
On Saturday, the UK joined the US and a host of other countries by saying it would recognize Guaidó as the country's interim President if new elections were not called within the next eight days.
"We stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in saying that the National Assembly and its President Juan Guaidó are best placed to lead Venezuela to the restoration of its democracy, its economy and its freedom," said UK Minister of State Alan Duncan.
In a statement, the Bank of England said Saturday that it provides gold custody services to a large number of customers, but it does not comment on those relationships.
"In all its operations, the Bank observes the highest standards of risk management and abides by all relevant legislation, including applicable financial sanctions," the statement said.
The US Treasury Department said in a statement Friday it plans to use economic and diplomatic tools to ensure any commercial transactions with the Venezuelan government are "consistent" with the US-recognized government of Venezuela led by Juan Guaidó.
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