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    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stated on Saturday amid ongoing protests on the Venezuelan-Colombian border that Venezuela was cutting off diplomatic relations with Colombia and expelling all diplomats from its embassy.

    The US humanitarian aid is expected to attempt to cross the border into Venezuela after the country's opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido set February 23 as the date for bringing in US relief aid that had been collected at logistics hubs in Brazil's Roraima, Colombia's Cucuta and on the Caribbean island of Curacao.

    The Venezuelan government has undertaken a number of measures to prevent humanitarian aid from coming into the country. President Maduro warned that the US and its allies were using "the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid" to try to "destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country".

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    • 09:45

      Over 330 People Injured in Clashes Between Police, Protesters on Venezuelan Borders - OAS

      Police officers stand guard as people attend the Venezuela Aid Live concert near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia, February 22, 2019.

      Over 330 Protestors Injured in Clashes With Police on Venezuelan Borders - OAS

      MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - At least 335 people have been injured during clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters on Venezuela's borders with Colombia and Brazil on 23 February, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro said.
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    • 06:30

      Opposition Leader Guaido Proposes to International Community to 'Have All Options Open' for 'Ensuring Freedom of the Homeland'

      Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself interim president, said that unsuccessful attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the country had forced him to “officially” state that all options must be on the table in the fight for Venezuela's "freedom."

      "Today's circumstances force me to make a decision and officially tell the international community that all options must be on the table for ensuring freedom of the homeland, which is fighting and will continue to fight. Hope was not born to die," he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

    • 05:19

      Bogota Announces Decision to Turn Back Trucks With Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that President Ivan Duque Marquez had ordered trucks with humanitarian aid, which departed for Venezuela on Saturday, to return to the country.

      "The trucks with aid, with the exception of those that were burned, have been ordered to return," Holmes Trujillo said at a press conference in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday. According to the minister, the vehicles will return to the aid collection center in Cucuta.

    • 04:36

      Group of Protestors Sets Venezuelan National Guard’s Vehicle on Fire at Border With Brazil

      PACARAIMA (Brazil) (Sputnik) - A group of protestors in the Brazilian town of Pacaraima attacked the Venezuelan border post and set the Venezuelan National Guard’s vehicle on fire amid the escalating crisis with aid deliveries to Venezuela on Saturday, a Sputnik correspondent reported. The attackers also hurled stones and sticks at the National Guard officers, which, in turn, used tear gas.


    • 04:22

      Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Says to Take Part in Lima Group Meeting

      Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales, speaks to the media after a holy mass in Caracas, Venezuela, January 27, 2019

      Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaido Says Will Take Part in Lima Group Meeting

      On 21 February, Guaido set off to Venezuela's border with Colombia to welcome the arrival of the US aid convoy. The relief aid was gathered at logistics hubs in Roraima in Brazil, Cucuta in Colombia, and on the Caribbean island of Curacao.
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    • 03:22

      Venezuelan Navy Turns Puerto Rico's Ship With Aid Back - Reports

      A vessel carrying aid from Puerto Rico to Venezuela has been forced to turn back after the Bolivarian republic’s Navy threatened to open fire if the ship entered the country’s territorial waters, media reported on Saturday.

      According to TV Venezuela broadcaster, the ship remains in international waters, awaiting further instructions.

    • 03:16

      'Embrace Democracy': Bolton Threatens Venezuela With More Sanctions Unless Military Allows in Aid

      Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

      'Embrace Democracy': Bolton Threatens Sanctions Unless Venezuela Allows in Aid

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has threatened Venezuela with more sanctions and “isolation” if its military continues blocking incoming humanitarian aid deliveries organised by the opposition.
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    • 02:00

      Trucks With Aid Return to Columbia after Failed Delivery to Venezuela - Reports

      At least two trucks carrying aid to Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia on Saturday after failing to cross the border, Reuters reported. The outlet also said that another two trucks caught fire on the Simon Bolivar bridge linking the two countries.

    • 01:31

      IFRC Urges People Not Affiliated With Organization to Stop Wearing Red Cross Emblems at Venezuelan Border

      The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has urged people that are not affiliated with Red Cross to stop wearing the organization's emblems saying that it might jeopardize Red Cross neutrality, impartiality and independence.

      Earlier in the day, reports emerged on social media that members of Venezuelan opposition were wearing Red Cross uniform.


    • 00:43

      US Aid Deliveries to Venezuela Pursuing Political Goals - Foreign Minister

      Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido gives his thumb up from the side of a truck carrying humanitarian aid

      US Aid Deliveries to Venezuela Pursuing Political Goals - Foreign Minister

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the deliveries of humanitarian aid to Venezuela were pursuing political goals.
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    • 00:18

      Venezuelan Foreign Ministry Gives Colombian Diplomats 24 Hours to Leave Country

      The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that Colombian diplomats must leave the country in 24 hours following Caracas’ decision to sever diplomatic relations amid the growing crisis around unauthorized aid deliveries to Venezuela.

      "Diplomats and consular staff of Colombia have 24 hours starting with the publication of this statement to leave the country,” the ministry said.

    • 23:40

      Colombia to Recall Diplomats from Venezuela as Soon as Possible - Foreign Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Colombia will withdraw diplomats from Venezuela as soon as possible to ensure their security, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said on Saturday.

      "[The Colombian government] organizes withdrawal of [diplomatic] officials [from Venezuela] to Colombia as soon as possible to protect their lives and ensure their immunity," the minister said, as quoted by the Foreign Ministry's statement.

      The ministry pointed out that Colombia was not recognizing Maduro as the president of Venezuela.

      "Colombia does not recognize legitimacy of usurper Maduro. Colombia recognizes [opposition leader] President Juan Guaido and is grateful to him for invitation for Colombian diplomatic and consular officials to stay on the Venezuelan soil," the ministry added.

    • 23:18

      Two People Reportedly Died in Clashes over Aid

      Two people died in clashes in town of Santa Elena de Uairen over the aid that Venezuelan opposition plans to bring through the closed border with Colombia, Reuters reported, quoting an unidentified doctor at the local hospital.

    • 22:48

      Chilean President Says Part of Humanitarian Aid Sent to Venezuela Crossed Country's Border

      A part of humanitarian aid sent to Venezuela managed on Saturday to cross the country's borders despite the obstacles created by the Venezuelan authorities, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said.

    • 22:33

      Local Media Report that First Truck with US Humanitarian Aid Burnt on Venezuelan-Colombian Border

      According to reports by local VPI TV media outlet, the first of four trucks with humanitarian aid, which arrived from the Colombian city of Cucuta was burnt on Venezuelan-Colombian border. The broadcaster also reported that ten people have been injured.



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