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.
As the US pushes forward with seizing the Venezuelan government’s overseas properties, Venezuelans struggle to cope with the effects of the US “economic war” in the country, a journalist and solidarity activist who just returned from the country told Sputnik Monday.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the start of the second stage of the country's large-scale military drills on Saturday, following a nearly week-long nationwide blackout.
CARACAS/MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised Friday to carry out significant changes in the work of the government.
NEW YORK (Sputnik) – US diplomatic staff have returned to Washington, DC, after leaving the US embassy in Caracas and will continue their work from the Department of State, US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams told reporters on Friday.
American Airlines is the last major US airliner to fly to Venezuela, with normal routes passing from Miami to Caracas and Maracaibo.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's US envoy Carlos Vecchio visited the Houston headquarters of Citgo, US subsidiary of Venezuelan state-owned energy company PDVSA, his office said in a press release.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza slammed on Thursday Ecuador's decision to leave the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) as treason.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US citizens currently in Venezuela should consider leaving the country amid the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in the South American nation, Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said Wednesday that the second stage of the country's military maneuvers would begin this weekend.
Indian energy specialist Dr Ravi Singh says that Indian private oil firms stand to benefit from the US sanctions on Venezuela, as they would get an opportunity to avail extra Venezuelan crude as more of it becomes available on the market that is redirected from the US.
CARACAS (Sputnik) - Venezuela will request assistance from China, Cuba, Iran and Russia as well as the United Nations to investigate the recent attack on the country's power grids which left the country's vast territories without electricity for several days, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sputnik and RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan readdressed Tuesday to The New York Times claim made by US State Secretary Mike Pompeo about Russia allegedly using both media outlets as a means to divert attention from the crisis in Venezuela.
Washington has withdrawn its diplomats from Venezuela and Caracas has begun a new probe into self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido for the power outages that, among other things, cut the capital’s water supply. A journalist told Sputnik that US moves, while backed by “disturbing language,” are a tacit admission of the coup’s defeat.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will hold Venezuela's military forces responsible for protecting the Latin American country's citizens as it increases its efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday.
HOUSTON (Sputnik) — The current situation in Venezuelan is not a shock for the global energy market, and will not affect the world’s economy, Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco told Sputnik on the sidelines of the CERAWeek conference on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States will impose additional major sanctions on Venezuela in the coming days, US Special Representative Elliot Abrams said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
In an interview with Reuters, US Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams has warned India against the purchase of Venezuelan oil, calling on New Delhi to stop helping the Venezuelan regime.
The blackout has been ongoing in Venezuela for almost a week following an incident at a major hydroelectric power plant, Guri, which national electricity supplier Corpoelec called "sabotage". President Nicolas Maduro blamed the incident on Washington, citing US threats to apply all means against Venezuela.
Caracas blames the US for sabotaging a major hydroelectric power plant, Guri, leading to a blackout across most of Venezuela’s states for several days. Apart from the blackout, sanctions imposed by Washington on Venezuelan oil exports have further contributed to problems in the country's energy sphere.
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