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.
MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) - The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control has put Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronauticas y Servicios Aereos, also known as Conviasa, and its entire air fleet, consisting of 40 planes, on a sanctions list.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made his first major interview with a US-based media outlet, almost a year after he canceled a Univision interview session in February 2019 and expelled its journalists from the country.
Guatemalan president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, earlier vowed that he would cut off his nation's political relationship with Caracas after his January 2020 inauguration, recognizing instead the authority of the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido.
Much of Bolivia was plunged into protest following the 20 October election, after the opposition refused to accept a 4th victory by then-President Evo Morales, alleging voting irregularities, which were subsequently confirmed by the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Venezuelan Defence Ministry on Sunday said that one of its military units was raided in the southern part of the country by what it described as elements of a radicalized opposition, claiming that attackers attempted to rob an ammunition depot.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said he would cut off the relationship with Venezuela after his inauguration in January 2020.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US government has approved a $98 million grant of financial support to the regime of self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido, Guaido's self-proclaimed embassy in the United States said in a statement on Tuesday.
Large-scale military exercises were held near the Colombian border between 10-28 September. According to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Caracas also deployed air defence systems at its border for the drills, stressing that the country was boosting its forces in the area amid the threat of possible aggression by Colombia.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Moscow on Tuesday in order - so he said - 'to strengthen' historical and positive relations with Russia. The visit takes place amid the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela after opposition figure Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president in January.
During a TV interview with Rossiya 24 news channel on Monday, Nicolas Maduro thanked Russia for supporting the sovereignty of Venezuela as the country struggles with a political and humanitarian crisis after US-backed politician Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in January.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuelan officials and opposition politicians had a fresh round of national reconciliation talks and agreed to set up separate panels for detailed discussions, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuelan state prosecutor Tarek William Saab issued arrest warrants on Monday for officials thought to have helped opposition leader Juan Guaido sneak into Colombia despite a travel ban.
The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly will kick off later this month in New York.
BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that Venezuela's large-scale military drills near the Colombian border are not aimed at threatening anyone, but were organized to protect Venezuelan territory.
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.”