Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to hold elections within eight days and said that opposition leader Juan Guaido violated the Venezuelan constitution, declaring himself president. Maduro stated in an interview with CNN Turk, Reuters reports.
Maduro also added that he is open to dialogue.
He noted that a meeting with US President Donald Trump would be "incredible, but not impossible."
Earlier it was reported that France, Spain, and Germany issued an ultimatum to Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro: either he announces new elections in the country in 8 days, or they recognize Juan Guaido the new president of Venezuela.
On January 26 at the UN Security Council meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the world community to recognize Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela and expressed hope for a quick holding of elections.
On January 23, Juan Guaido proclaimed himself the interim president of the country and took the oath on the street in front of thousands of supporters. After that, the United States, Canada, most of the countries of Latin America, as well as a number of other states, officially recognized Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.