Now, Colombia is the staging post for U.S. and other foreign humanitarian aid that Maduro is refusing to allow in, saying it would be a precursor to United States military action.
Duque, whose country has taken in large numbers of Venezuelan refugees, also lambasted Maduro, saying that "obstructing the access of humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity". But while the USA, the European Union and most countries in the western hemisphere support Guaido, Maduro can still count on the support of Russian Federation and China.
Venezuela is already facing severe shortages of food and medicine.
Now, the focus of the struggle between Maduro and Guaido has turned to the aid shipments.
"With respect to the new sanctions on PDVSA, I appreciate the need to squeeze Maduro", Engel said. "You have people starving in Venezuela".
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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to assume the presidency three weeks ago, arguing that Maduro's re-election previous year was a sham.
At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on February 23.
The Colombian president said that the European Union's decision to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's president "is very important". "We have nearly 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn't enter".
The humanitarian crisis and Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule has diminished his support internationally. The new right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, which took over in January after more than a decade of leftist rule there, has joined the growing coalition against Maduro.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday against U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, including the use of force. Some 2.3 million people have fled since 2015, their salaries and savings rendered worthless by hyperinflation.