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    Juan Guaido, president of National Assembly, shows marks on his wrists, which he says are from handcuffs, to supporters at a rally in Caraballeda, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The new head of Venezuela's increasingly defiant congress was pulled from his vehicle and briefly detained by police Sunday, a day after the U.S. backed him assuming the presidency as a way out of the country's deepening crisis. Guaido's wife Fabiana Rosales stands next to him, right. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    EU Rules Out Option of Military Invasion of Venezuela - Spanish Foreign Minister

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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union, particularly Spain, categorically rejects a military intervention in Venezuela as an option to solve the crisis in the Latin American country, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Monday.

    "For us, the European Union, particularly Spain, military invasion is excluded, we would not support it in any case," Borrell told reporters, upon arrival in Brussels for a EU-League of Arab States ministerial meeting.

    READ MORE: EU's Venezuela Stance: Does the Sycophancy Towards the US Have Limits?

    Earlier in the day, Spain, as well as Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United Kingdom recognized Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly, as Venezuela's interim president. The moves came as the deadline set by the European Union for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to announce snap presidential election elapsed on Sunday.

    EU countries were expected to recognize Guaido in a joint statement, but, according to a comment of a diplomatic source in Brussels to Sputnik, Italy blocked the statement.

    READ MORE: Self-Proclaimed Leader Guaido Vows to Ask EU to Protect Venezuela's Assets

    Tensions in Venezuela escalated two weeks ago when Guaido declared himself interim president, disputing last year's re-election of Maduro. The opposition leader was almost immediately recognized by the United States and several other countries. Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay were among those that have voiced their support for Maduro as the country's legitimately-elected president.

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