"It’s important that the EU states are very cautious and do not follow the US politics in Venezuela. It’s important for the EU to have its own position, we should not fall into the temptation to seek regime change at any price, without thinking about the consequences that it may have and making a mistake thinking that all the Venezuelans are against Maduro. Their society is very divided about this question and we will not resolve it by imposing another regime", Long, who is an associated researcher at IRIS-France think tank, said.
Long added that the Europeans would do well to "play a mediating role, rather than that exacerbating tensions." The former minister added that US sanctions were putting great pressure on Venezuelan economy.
"It’s clear that the US sanctions and the regime of strangling Venezuelan economy by [President Donald] Trump’s administration is currently one of the biggest problems for Venezuela, which prevents it from improving its domestic situation. It’s appalling that the US would do that. The economic problem is central for Venezuela today", he said.
A number of countries, including Ecuador, have also recognised Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader.
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