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.
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.
“The continuity of daily life should continue even in case of war”. 56-year-old Astrid Villalobos wears a red cap of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. “We should be able to go to work, to public places, to take our children to school”, she says.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Foreign policy moves promoted by White House National Security Advisor John Bolton with respect to Venezuela and other countries are causing a split in the Trump administration, Popular Resistance activist group co-director Kevin Zeese said.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an agreement between his government and the country’s political opposition would likely be reached by the end of the year, adding that his administration is open to dialogue with all opposition groups.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The next court hearing on the case of four US activists arrested during a police seizure of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC in May, will take place on July 9, while the trial is likely to be held in the fall, co-director of the Popular Resistance activist group Kevin Zeese said.
Venezuela has been embroiled in a political crisis for some time in the result of economic hardships, which were further exacerbated when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself the interim president of the country in a bid to topple elected President Nicolas Maduro.
CARACAS (Sputnik) – Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said she paid a "crucial" visit to Venezuela, adding that a team of human rights officers would be deployed in the country to provide assistance and monitor the human rights situation in Venezuela.
The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, wrapping up an official visit to Venezuela on Friday, will leave two delegates in the troubled nation to monitor the situation, Reuters reported.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he expected the visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to Venezuela to contribute to the improvement of the human rights situation in the country.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed on 16 June that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had paid Moscow $209 million to allegedly secure its "continued support". Several Russian officials previously noted that the last defence contract between the two states was inked before Maduro became president.
Washington has been supporting self-proclaimed Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido since January 2019 in a bid to force democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro to resign, but without success.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Caracas will stop providing services in its consulates in Canada, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Sunday. The move comes in a response to similar actions made earlier by Ottawa.
The bridges connecting Venezuela and Colombia were closed by Caracas on 23 February, following efforts by the Venezuelan opposition to allow trucks with unauthorized humanitarian aid into the country, leading to clashes between Venezuelan security officers and protesters seeking to allow the aid to be delivered.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Friday that Havana will have a role to play in Venezuela's return to democracy although Ottawa and Havana disagree on whether President Nicolas Maduro should stay in office, Reuters reported.
Last week, the representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido met for the second round of talks in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. However, the negotiations ended without any agreement.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The International Contact Group on Venezuela and the Lima Group said in a joint statement that they are committed to a peaceful transition that would lead to holding a peaceful election in Venezuela.