Caracas / Washington / Brussels: Two Venezuelan presidents have simultaneously received international recognition. The United States has recognised President Maduro’s opponent, Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan President. Following the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Spain have also declared support for Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan President. The events point to a new power struggle emerging in Venezuela.
Sending military to Venezuela to overthrow the Maduro government was ‘an option’, US President Donald Trump had announced. However, Maduro threatened the United States that if Trump invaded, the White House would be ‘stained with blood’. After that, the United States and their allies have adopted an increasingly aggressive front against Venezuela. The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Spain have announced recognition for Guaido as the Venezuelan President. Albeit, Russia severely condemned the decision of the European countries saying that they were interfering in the crisis-hit country, instead of assisting it.
The United States and allies declared the Venezuelan regime as ‘illegal’. Nevertheless, based on the support from Russia, Turkey, Iran and China along with Latin American countries of Cuba and Mexico, President Maduro is persistently adamant on staying in power in Venezuela.
Amid the developments occurring globally, Juan Guaido declared of forming an international front to help the people of Venezuela.
However, Nicolas Maduro has threatened of civil war as he criticised the United States and Europe. Also, Maduro once again asserted that he would not step down from office at any cost with a warning for Trump that said, Trump, will leave the White House stained in blood if he decided to take military action in Venezuela.
Maduro’s confidence seems to have grown since Russia declared military backing for him. Only a few days back, Russia had reportedly deployed 400 military contractors for Maduro’s security. Likewise, by signing a few agreements with Maduro, Russia is also said to be availing economic benefits from him.
After Russia invested in Venezuela for its economic interests, Maduro has increasingly consolidated his hold over his country. Even so, it is evident that the future of his regime would largely depend on the steps he takes to alleviate the woes of the Venezuelan people currently facing starvation.