Russian Federation backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition

Russian Federation backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition

Russian Federation backs talks between Venezuela's Maduro and opposition

"Venezuela doesn't have to beg to anyone", he said.

Trump swiftly recognized Guaido after he proclaimed himself acting president of Venezuela last month, and has not ruled out a military intervention in the crisis-wracked country.

"We'll see what can be done", he said, adding that he viewed the Holy See's mediation as a last resort, when all other means of settling the crisis have proven to be futile.

"The path to sanctions relief for PdVSA is through the expeditious transfer of control to the Interim President or a subsequent, democratically elected government", Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin said. Maduro's adversaries have warned that Venezuelan officials are seeking to drain state coffers ahead of a potential change of government.

Venezuela's pro-democracy movement has welcomed the decision by Canada and its allies to urge its country's military to switch allegiance and support opposition leader Juan Guaido as the true leader of their country.

Alleging that the Maduro administration is illegitimate, Guaido, who was the head of the National Assembly, declared himself interim president during an antigovernment rally on January 23.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to ratchet up pressure on Maduro, saying that the U.S. stands with the people of Venezuela.

Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for the Americas and Europe, said Maduro's "mismanagement and kleptocratic approach" are singularly responsible for crippling his country's economy.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores wave while they walk next to soldiers during a ceremony to commemorate the 27th anniversary of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez coup attempt in Maracay, Venezuela, February 4, 2019.

However, not all in the European Union have offered resounding support for Guaido, the National Assembly leader.

But speaking to reporters en route home from the United Arab Emirates, he recalled that a previous Vatican diplomatic effort to facilitate talks between Maduro and the opposition "went up in smoke".

Guaido must still find a way to bring in the humanitarian aid given the military's loyalty to Maduro.

Pompeo says Venezuela's military has barricaded the bridge, blocking aid under orders from Maduro. He was boosted on Saturday by the defection of a top air force general.

"We are preparing to fly in as soon as we get the green light", he said. "If they want to help, then end the blockade and the sanctions".

Guaido asked Italy's ruling coalition leaders in a letter to meet with his representatives as he seeks their explicit backing. Washington has repeatedly demanded that Maduro should resign from his post.

A group of Latin American and European states are to hold their first meeting of a contact group in Montevideo on Thursday.

Mr Guaido has called for further protests.

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