United States intensifies anti-Maduro push as Russian Federation backs Venezuelan ally

United States intensifies anti-Maduro push as Russian Federation backs Venezuelan ally

United States intensifies anti-Maduro push as Russian Federation backs Venezuelan ally

Sanchez says that his government wants the other 27 members of the European Union to back its position.

"No more delays, no more games", he said. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem", Pompeo told a meeting on Venezuela, referring to Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, who Washington is urging to step down.

Maduro, in his turn, accused Washington of attempting to stage a coup in Venezuela and announced his decision to cut off diplomatic relations with the United States.

"China and Russian Federation are propping up a failed regime in the hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years", Pompeo said.

The U.S.is instead seeking to steer Venezuela's overseas assets to Guaido to help bolster his chances of effectively taking control of the government.

He is considering making a request for funds from worldwide institutions including the global Monetary Fund, sources said on Friday.

On Wednesday, Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself acting president.

Guaido took a symbolic oath of office Wednesday proclaiming himself the nation's constitutional leader on grounds that Maduro's re-election past year was fraudulent - an allegation supported by the USA, the European Union and many other nations.

He spoke of the desperate conditions in Venezuela, where protests in the past week have turned deadly.

"The fact that US policy towards Venezuela and other countries in the region is destructive is, in my opinion, self-evident".

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European powers, after cautious initial statements, on Saturday warned that they will recognize Guaido unless Maduro calls elections within 8 days.

At a busy intersection in the capital city of Colombia, Hector Salas, a migrant from neighbouring Venezuela, sells lollipops for $6 a day in order to rent a room for his young family.

Following the incident, Venezuela's Supreme Court dismissed opposition leader Juan Guaido from his post as National Assembly chairman.

Maduro won a second term in May elections widely seen as undemocratic and was sworn in on January 10 amid mounting worldwide pressure on him to step down.

He stated that worldwide media has been putting pressure on Venezuela and manipulating facts about the South American country. The U.S. has until now resisted significant oil sanctions because of the impact it would have on Venezuelan citizens already struggling with shortages.

Maduro is accusing the opposition of working with the U.S.to overthrow him.

"So the United Kingdom believes Juan Guaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward".

"There are divergent visions of what the future should hold for Venezuela", said Rosemary DiCarlo, UN undersecretary-general for political and peace building affairs.

He has repeatedly lashed out at the USA, saying Washington is waging an economic war against him and his government amid a sweeping sanctions campaign.

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