European Union states move to recognize Venezuela's Guaido: diplomats

Maduro will also hold a rally on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first inauguration of his predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, which took place in 1999.

In signs that Maduro could be losing his grip on Venezuela's powerful military, General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command said the armed forces have already disavowed the president.

He told officials: "Do not cross the red line".

"They (the opposition) want to bring forward elections, let's have elections", he said defiantly.

Other senior Labour frontbenchers have also criticised the pressure being put on Maduro, who is widely seen as a dictator, accusing the U.S. of attempting "regime change".

In a letter to the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay published Friday, Guaido ruled out any negotiations with Maduro unless they "start the transition process, culminating in the holding of free elections". Some European Union member states are expected to officially recognize Guaido next week, while others will likely take a more cautious stance of support.

Spokesmen for Russian President Vladimir Putin have been sharply critical of US policy, saying it amounts to a coup against Maduro. "They have mocked the Venezuelan people to their face".

But in a Friday tweet, Corbyn said: "The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans".

He has sent letters to Russian Federation and China, both major creditors and allies of Maduro's government, saying that a change of government would be in the best interests of both countries.

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And last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw US$1.2 billion of gold stored there after top USA officials, including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, lobbied their United Kingdom counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas holdings.

Maduro's adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions, including the opposition-run congress, and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations.

Former bus driver Maduro came to power in 2013 as a hand-picked successor when Chavez died.

Last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw $1.2 billion of gold stored there after top US officials, including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, lobbied their United Kingdom counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas holdings.

A defiant Mr Maduro remains dug in, blaming the White House for openly backing what he calls a coup to remove him from power and exploit his country's vast oil wealth.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton tweeted Thursday that Maduro and his top advisers should retire to "a nice beach somewhere far away from Venezuela".

The UN says 2.3 million people have fled the country, unleashing a migration crisis in South America.

"The Kremlin would deny that but the Kremlin does work through private mercenaries", Wigell said, adding that "the Maduro regime doesn't entirely trust its own armed forces anymore".

Guaido said in an interview with VOA Noticias he had offered "amnesty and guarantees" to high-ranking military officials as part of a broader effort to get "this usurpation to end". The socialist government of Spain, which has strong historic, cultural and economic ties to Venezuela, has said it will do so on Monday if Maduro doesn't call a general election by Sunday.

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