On January 10, after the current president of Venezuela Mr. Nicolas Maduro began his second term following a widely-boycotted election, this country has plunged into a massive political and economic crisis. Shortly after the opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on January 23, US president Donald Trump publicly recognized him as the country’s leader. In response, Mr. Maduro broke off relations with the US and ordered all US diplomats to leave the country.
一月十號，就在委內瑞拉現任總統Mr. Nicolas Maduro 在一連串飽受爭議的選舉之後，宣布當選，開始他的第二任任期，這個國家便面臨前所未有的政治及經濟危機。就在反對黨領袖Juan Guaido在23日自行宣告就任臨時總統後不久，美國川普政府即公開承認他為該國領袖。委國總統Maduro隨即與美國斷交，並要求美國駐委外交人員立即離開。
The Trump administration also sanctioned Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, stepping up pressure on Mr. Maduro to cede power to the US-backed opposition leader. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov condemned such sanctions as violating the international norms and pledged to do everything to support the legitimate government of President Maduro, while the EU strongly called for new elections.