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.
The head of US Southern Command said Tuesday the US Navy was ready to “do what needs to be done” if and when US President Donald Trump gives the order for them to move against Venezuela.
US President Donald Trump reportedly raised with advisers the idea of imposing a naval blockade against Venezuela for over a year. A new media report claims, citing senior US officials, that the US president suggested anchoring the US Navy along the Venezuelan coastline.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that Colombia’s former President Alvaro Uribe Velez had planned to hire mercenaries to assassinate him. The last failed assassination of Maduro took place in early August 2018 during a military parade in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
CARACAS/BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan Constituent National Assembly, loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, stripped diplomatic immunity from four lawmakers of the opposition, the assembly said.
The statements come after US president Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday blocking “property and interests” in the Venezuelan government’s possession that are “within the jurisdiction of the United States”, as well as imposing sanctions on “persons who provide support to [Venezuelan president] Nicolas Maduro”.
On Tuesday, the US instigated what effectively amounts to a total embargo against Venezuela in its latest bid to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. A journalist told Sputnik the measure would lead to “the absolute strangulation, asphyxiation of what’s left of Venezuela’s economy.”
MEXICO CITY/MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Venezuela’s Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said about a possible consensus that the country’s government and opposition have reached during their talks in Barbados.
US President Donald Trump told reporters that he was considering imposing a blockade on Venezuela or quarantining the country.
The US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at a conference in Lima next week will outline Washington's plans to help rebuild Venezuela in the event President Nicolas Maduro leaves, Reuters reported Friday, citing a senior US official.
The US Treasury Department earlier announced new Venezuela-related sanctions targeting 10 individuals and 13 entities allegedly linked to the operation of Venezuela’s Local Committees for Supply and Production agency.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said on Wednesday that it has included former Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on its list of ten most wanted fugitives.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The president of Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice, Maikel Moreno, and Vyacheslav Lebedev, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Russia, agreed at a meeting in Moscow on Monday to develop working contacts in light of the preparation of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries' judicial systems.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Venezuelan Armed Forces detected a US Lockheed EP-3E signals reconnaissance plane over its territory, the country’s Defenсe Ministry said.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Venezuela’s government has offered opposition to maintain contact dialogue for peace in the country during the latest round of talks in Barbados, President Nicolas Maduro said.
The Trump administration, since January, has been supporting Venezuela's political opposition and, in particular, Juan Guaido, who illegally proclaimed himself the nation's interim president.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro plans to visit Russia before the end of the year to conclude new agreements, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told reporters at the United Nations.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuelan Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez announced on Monday the arrival of the government delegation in Barbados to continue negotiations with the country's opposition.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The economic situation in Venezuela is dire, but most Venezuelans agree that US-imposed sanctions are affecting the country’s economy and blame the United States for the outcome, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York co-founder and coordinator William Camacaro said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Venezuela is grateful to Russia for its assistance amid a deep political crisis in the Latin American country, Venezuelan Ambassador in Moscow Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said on Friday.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented a scathing attack on the Venezuelan government to the Human Rights Council on Friday, but critics say she ignored the causes of the country’s crisis as well as the victims of opposition violence in order to present a one-sided view that faults only Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.