A defiant Russian Federation ignores Trump's calls to 'get out' of Venezuela

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The United Nations has found itself stuck in the middle of the political struggle that pits Maduro against USA -backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

Guaido said the order, issued earlier Thursday by Auditor General Elvis Amoroso, was invalid.

Guaido has been recognised as head of state by most Western countries after invoking the constitution to assume the interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate and that he became a usurper when his second term began in January.

The United States has been pursuing a policy of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation against the Venezuelan government in support of the opposition leader Guaido. "That's rich and that's ridiculous", said State Department spokesman Robert Palladino.

"I would just say that we have options and that it would be a mistake for the Russians to think they have a free hand here - they don't".

Amoroso, a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro, also cited alleged irregularities in Guaido's personal financial disclosures and his spending records for the decision.

The U.S. was the first nation to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader, doing so within hours of his proclamation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide spoke after US President Donald Trump demanded that Russia remove its military from the crisis-stricken country.

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Russian Federation said on Thursday they were "specialists" sent to Venezuela under a military cooperation agreement and were staying put.

However, the USA official noted that Washington has never established a timetable for ousting Nicolas Maduro from power in Venezuela.

Peskov said no one told the United States how to conduct its foreign policy and Moscow expected the same treatment and "mutual respect".

Russia has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela, which it plans to honour, Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said, in response to Trump's comments.

Maduro, who still has the support of China and Russian Federation, accuses the opposition of being part of a US-orchestrated coup.

The port is essential for Venezuela as it must continue to ship oil to China and Russian Federation to repay sizable loans.

"If you look at the presence of Cuban and Russian forces in Venezuela, you have to ask when will the people of Venezuela get to choose their government rather than foreigners?" he said.

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