"Foreign ministers agreed that we want to play our part in avoiding escalation but in a way that allows Venezuelans to advance their interests. We believe this can only be achieved through elections," she told reporters in Berlin.
She reiterated that the European Union did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who she said had until Sunday to call a new election before opposition leader Juan Guaido is recognized as the head of state by European states.
The political crisis in Venezuela has flared up on 23 January, when Guaido, the speaker of the opposition-led Venezuelan National Assembly, declared himself interim head of state amid ongoing anti-government protests. The United States and a number of other countries, which disputed last year's re-election of President Nicholas Maduro, have recognized the opposition leader. Maduro slammed Guaido as a US "puppet" and accused Washington of organizing a coup in the country.
Russia and China, among others, said they backed the elected government in Caracas, stressing that Maduro is a legitimate president of the country.