The situation in Venezuela is reeling from a political crisis amid the opposition's refusal to recognise last year’s re-election of President Nicolás Maduro.
On 23 January, opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president of Venezuela. The United States and a number of Latin and Central American countries immediately backed the opposition leader, with Washington urging Maduro to step down. Several EU countries have promised to follow suit if the Venezuelan government does not call a new presidential election by this weekend.
Maduro continues to insist that he is Venezuela's only constitutional leader and accused Guaido of being a US puppet.
Russia, China, and Mexico, among others, have said that they support the elected government, backing Maduro as the country's legitimate president and demanding that other countries respect the principle of non-interference in Venezuela's internal affairs.
Nicolas Maduro’s government earlier took a loan from the US finance giant with gold reportedly worth over $1 billion put as a guarantee. The loan is due to expire in March. If by that time the Latin American country, which is going through a major crisis and political turmoil, fails to repay it, then Citibank is entitled to keep the collateral.
The embattled Venezuelan leader, who is being challenged by self –proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, backed by the US, earlier suggested adopting a plan for permanent mobilisation of the country’s Armed Forces to guarantee “security and peace” in the face of an alleged military intervention by Colombia and the US.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader who has proclaimed himself the country’s interim president, announced the establishment of a new center for the collection of humanitarian aid for Venezuela in the US city of Miami.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Samuel Moncada pushed back, during a special council meeting at the Organization of American States (OAS), against demands by the United States and its allies to hold elections and the bloc’s plans to deliver so-called humanitarian assistance.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday suggested that a plan for the permanent mobilisation of the Armed Forces to guard against a possible foreign intervention should be adopted.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the country’s interim president, called on the Venezuelan Armed Forces, supporting President Nicolas Maduro, to change sides, giving the military seven days to do so, in the anticipation of humanitarian aid arrivals to the crisis-hit country.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Officials from the State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID) will be aboard a military aircraft that the United States is sending to the Venezuelan border on Saturday to deliver aid to the crisis-torn country, the department's Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.
Previously, S&P Global Platts reported that the oil market would lose 370,000 barrels of crude oil per day due to the US sanctions against Venezuela.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova mocked on Friday US National Security Adviser John Bolton's tweet that threatened those who "destroy democracy" in Venezuela with "consequences", implying it was the United States itself that jeopardized Venezuelan democratic institutions.
The collective action follows weeks of pressure from the United States, backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the country’s interim president, and urging incumbent President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Nearly 370,000 barrels of crude oil per day, produced by the Venezuelan state-owned PDVSA company, will be left without a market by March due to the US sanctions, imposed on the oil giant amid the Venezuelan political crisis, S&P Global Platts has reported, citing the company’s technical report seen by it.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan opposition will work on establishing contacts with Russia to discuss different issues including contracts with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, National Assembly Deputy Jose Manuel Olivares told Sputnik in in Washington, DC.
CARACAS (Sputnik) – Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice nullified the appointment by the country’s opposition of new board members of the state-owned PDVSA energy company and Citgo oil refiner, owned by it, and blocked these individuals’ bank accounts, prohibiting them from leaving the country.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova today warned that the US could be preparing for military intervention in Venezuela using the pretext of humanitarian aid. She said the United States has been known to do this before and suggested that Colombia could be involved in orchestrating such an operation.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Venezuela’s opposition raised more than $100 million from international donors at a fundraiser in Washington, self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido’s embassy in the United States said in a press release.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Venezuela, Russia and a number of other countries have established a working group at the United Nations to oppose foreign meddling in the Latin American country’s affairs, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will boost efforts to organize donations for humanitarian aid and continue to try to deliver such aid to Venezuela, US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told reporters on Thursday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry's statements come after reports suggesting that the United States has been engaged in direct contact with members of Venezuela's army, urging them to pledge allegiance to opposition leader Juan Guaido.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has castigated a recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque, during which the Venezuelan crisis was discussed.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said that North Korea has expressed its solidarity with the people of Venezuela amid continuing attempts to topple the Latin American country’s government, led by President Nicolas Maduro.
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