2019.04.29 13:37

Lithuania approves €100,000 aid for Venezuela

Lithuania has approved €100,000 in humanitarian aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela.

The government decided last week to allocate the money from the state reserve fund.

The aid will be channeled via the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has told BNS.

The IFRC is the only organization that was authorized by the Venezuelan authorities in late March to bring humanitarian aid into the country.

The government of President Nicolás Maduro has blocked other aid shipments for fear that the United States will use them as pretext for an invasion.

In early April, the organization issued an emergency appeal that seeks 50 million Swiss francs (€43.8m) in humanitarian aid for people in Venezuela.

Venezuela has been in an economic recession for more than four years. Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages and power outages.

The United Nations estimates that a quarter of Venezuela's population of 30 million are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Lithuania has stated support for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president.