11:05 GMT26 February 2021
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    Some EU member states, namely France, Germany and Spain, are calling on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to hold a "free and transparent" snap election. Otherwise, they vow to follow the US example and recognise Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry noted on Saturday that the statements made by France, Germany, and Spain with regards to recognising Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president were identical and made by European leaders simultaneously, according to Maria Zakharova, the ministry's spokeswoman. 

    "The statements are not only identical, but they have been made simultaneously," she wrote in a Facebook post. 

    This observation comes after earlier in the day, Spain gave an ultimatum to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, saying that it would recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as country’s president if the incumbent leader fails to announce an election in eight days, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned.

    "If a fair, free and transparent election in Venezuela is not convened within eight days, Spain will recognise Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela," Sanchez said in an official statement.

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    At the same time, the German government said that it was also ready to recognise Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela if the similar conditions as brought forward by Madrid are not met, according to a government spokesman's statement posted on Twitter. A similar stance has been voiced by French President Emmanuel Macron. 

    Later in the day, UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunts echoed these concerns, warning that Britain will recognise Juan Guaido if Venezuela fails to announce new elections in 8 days. 

    The statements come on Wednesday, after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country's interim president, with the US, Canada, and allies in Latin America, recognising the politician as such. 

    Maduro, in his turn, accused Washington of attempting to stage a coup in Venezuela and announced his decision to cut off diplomatic relations with the United States.


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