o on Sunday oversaw a display of his army’s latest Russian hardware. Flanked by the defense minister, Maduro said this showed the world he had the nation’s military firmly behind his rule. Also on Sunday, the Socialist leader rejected a European ultimatum to soon call elections. Maduro has ruled over Venezuela since 2013, presiding over the nation's descent into turmoil with food shortages, deadly street protest,
e exodus of millions, and inflation forecast to hit 10 million percent this year.
But Maduro claims his government is a victim of an economic war led by his political adversaries with the help of Washington. Which, along with many other foreign governments, described Maduro's victory in elections last year as a sham. But Maduro says the United States is now promoting a coup against him.
With the support of Russia and China, Maduro's government has yet to be disavowed by the United Nations. A chorus of countries have recently recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader, as Guaido fights for military supports.>>