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EU at UN warns against military action in Venezuela

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warned Tuesday that military action in would be unacceptable and that a solution to the crisis should not be "imposed from outside," putting the on notice.

Addressing the Security Council, Mogherini said the standoff between and must be resolved though political, peaceful and democratic means.

"We believe that no military development, from inside or outside of the country, would be acceptable," Mogherini told a council meeting on cooperation between the and the

"And a solution cannot be, and should never be, imposed from the outside."

has repeatedly said that all options are on the table, refusing to rule out a US military intervention in Venezuela, which is in the grips of an economic meltdown that the opposition blames on the Maduro

late Monday announced that the will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, worsening already tattered relations.

After Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president, the and key EU countries France, and Britain were among more than 50 countries that recognized him.

and China, two of the five veto-wielding council members along with the US, and Britain, have denounced the US stance as blatant interference in Venezuela's affairs and continue to back Maduro.

Mogherini recalled that the EU has set up a contact group with Latin American countries to push for a political process that would lead to

"The crisis that affects the country has political and institutional causes. It's not a natural disaster. Its solution needs to be peaceful, political and democratic," said Mogherini.

Millions of Venezuelans already struggling with economic hardship have been left without power for the past four days, which has affected water supplies, and communication.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 21:00 IST