The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has rejected the demand of European nations for early elections and declared the self-declaration of the opposition leader as president unconstitutional.
"Nobody can give us an ultimatum," Maduro said in an interview with CNN Turk radio was broadcast on Sunday, a day after France, Germany and Spain had accepted opposition leader Juan Guaido as president, if not within eight Days elections would be announced.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also made a statement calling the bloc a "bloc" Whole Guaido could see if steps for new elections were not taken "in the next few days".
Maduro Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza had already rejected the deadline on Saturday in an emergency by the UN Security Council.
"Venezuela will not allow anyone to give us a decision or an order," Arreaza said, adding that Caracas had "excellent friends" who could call for support to defend themselves.
Washington, one of the first to recognize Guaido as the leader of the oil-rich country, called on the world on Saturday to "choose a side" and financially decouple from Maduro's government.
"Now is the time for any other nation to choose a side, no more delays, no more games, either you stand with the forces of freedom or you are in league with Maduro and his chaos," said the US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo on Saturday at the UN Security Council.
Guaido baffled Venezuelans on Wednesday Explaining himself as interim president before cheering supporters of the Venezuelan capital fueled massive protests against the government.
A trained industrial engineer, Guaido was elected to the Nation Assembly in 201
The 35-year-old also served as head of the computer Meanwhile, on Saturday, Maduro seemed to be withdrawing his decision to ban the US diplomatic staff from Venezuela.
The attacked leader said Wednesday that Caracas would break diplomatic relations with parliament US and gave him a deadline of 72 hours to get his diplomats out of the country.
Maduro told CNN that he was open to dialogue with President Donald Trump, who, he said, was unlikely but not completely impossible.
Maduro has by and large preserved the loyalty of the country's armed forces, with the exception of the dropping of a military attaché to Washington, which promised Guaido's allegiance .
Colonel Jose Luis Silva declared himself a supporter of Guaido: "He is the only legitimate president."
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