Venezuela's Guaido to visit Brazil in bid to keep pressure on Maduro

Pence in Colombia announces new sanctions on Maduro

Pence in Colombia announces new sanctions on Maduro

"The transfer of American special forces to Puerto Rico, the landing of USA forces in Colombia and other facts clearly indicate that the Pentagon is reinforcing the grouping of troops in the region in order to overthrow the lawfully elected incumbent president [Nicolas] Maduro".

He claimed the build-up of USA troops in neighbouring countries suggests the Trump administration is "preparing a military invasion on an independent state".

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was due to arrive in Brazil on Wednesday night to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as part of a tour of several nations to ratchet up global pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

The interview follows an announcement by Vice President Mike Pence of new sanctions by the Trump administration on allies of Maduro after an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation faltered amid strong resistance from security forces loyal to the socialist leader.

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Resolutions at the Security Council, which are legally binding, must garner nine votes and no vetoes from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - to be adopted. On 5 January, lawmaker Juan Guaido was elected as the president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which all other government branches have been refusing to recognize since 2016. Over the weekend, security forces on the borders with Colombia and Brazil fired tear gas and buckshot on activists waving Venezuelan flags while escorting trucks with emergency medical and food kits.

"So it's not only about oil but it's probably also about being re-elected for Donald Trump".

Maduro denies there is a crisis in Venezuela despite overseeing a hyperinflationary meltdown that has resulted in sharp increases in malnutrition and the spread of preventable disease, as well as an exodus of 3.4 million Venezuelans since 2015. "They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence ruled out the idea of talks. "Maduro from power", Patrushev said.

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