On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the US Vice President Mike Pence made an open call to the European Union to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.
"All of us must stand with the Venezuelan people until freedom and democracy is fully restored," Pence stated at conference, before adding, "so today we call on the European Union to step forward for freedom and recognise Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president of Venezuela."
Previously, in January, Guaido, who is the head of Venezuela's national assembly, made a public statement and declared himself interim president of the country, piling pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
Meanwhile, Pence said that after the US became the first nation to recognise the parliamentary leader as head of state, "52 nations including 30 of our European allies have followed America's lead."
"But it's time for the rest of the world to step forward," he said.
"Once more the Old World can take a stance in support of freedom in the New World. All of us must stand with the Venezuelan people until freedom and democracy is fully restored."