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 President Nicolas Maduro has accused opposition leader Juan Guaido of stealing US-based Venezuelan oil refiner Citgo, which is owned by the state-run PDVSA company.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has added Venezuela to its list of countries that represent national security concerns for American exports because of foreign military personnel presence in the Latin American country, according to a new document released by the Federal Register.
Washington is preparing to target CLAP, the food distribution program that feeds millions of Venezuelans, with sanctions in a further effort to force regime change there. However, a journalist in Caracas told Sputnik that while US sanctions are devastating, Venezuelans see the service as a “social right” they won’t give up easily.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Venezuela Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance and Development (VERDAD) Act that would provide $400 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuela, Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The Central Bank of Venezuela has refuted reports saying it was planning to suspend Visa, Mastercard, and Maestro operations by the end of January 2020.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States plans to impose new measures ranging from sanctions to criminal charges against people involved in Venezuela's military-run emergency food program, media reported Tuesday.
MEXICO (Sputnik) - The Central Bank of Venezuela and the country's banking sector regulator SUDEBAN decided to launch their own payment system and halt Visa, Mastercard and Maestro operations by the end of January 2020, local media reported.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuela's constitutional parliament, the National Constituent Assembly, extended its term until the end of 2020, its chairman Diosdado Cabello said on Monday.
The country's opposition, headed by self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, won a majority in the National Assembly in the 2015 vote. The next congressional elections are currently scheduled for late 2020.
Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido's envoy to the US, tweeted that talks held at the US State Department were "very positive".
On Wednesday, anti-war activists supporting the Embassy Protection Collective in Washington, DC, finally got supplies to those holed up inside ‒ with the help of legendary civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, of course.
Ignorance is the most potent weapon in the vast armoury of the privileged and powerful. The use of force and prisons to oppress citizens and deny them basic human rights is effective but tends to cause a reaction. People physically oppressed feel the pain and often resist and revolt against their oppressors.
Self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido, who has been trying to oust Nicolas Maduro for months, has appointed socialite Vanessa Neumann from the US to represent him in Britain. Although London has recognised the opposition leader as Venezuela’s head of state, his envoy does not seem to have got the same satisfaction.
The development comes after a failed coup attempt which took place on 30 April and Guaido's subsequent statement that he would "perhaps" agree to US military intervention if it would help resolve the political crisis in his country.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Washington is strangling Venezuela with sanctions, hoping to drag the Latin American nation into chaos, but US-backed coup attempts in the country have failed, Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian lower house's International Affairs Committee, said on Friday.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - A US ship entered the Venezuelan waters, but changed course after communicating with the Venezuelan Navy, the agency said on Friday.
US contacts with Venezuelan military figures have increased significantly since last week's attempted coup d'etat by self-proclaimed Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido, a US officials told Reuters Friday, the outlet reports.
Earlier the United States has lifted all sanctions on Venezuela's former intelligence service chief Gen. Manuel Cristopher Figuera after he broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro last week to support opposition leader Juan Guaido.
A deputy to self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, earlier prosecuted for his role in the failed coup on 30 April, has fled to Colombia. This comes after one of Guaido's deputies Edgar Zambrano was jailed for treason, conspiracy, civil rebellion, while another - Americo de Grazia, reportedly took refuge in the Italian embassy in Caracas.
Earlier, Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuelan government-led National Constituent Assembly confirmed reports that Edgar Zambrano, the deputy speaker of the Venezuelan opposition-controlled National Assembly, has been detained in the wake of the failed coup in the country, which took place on 30 April.