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Russia Volunteers to Mediate Between Government and Opposition in Venezuela

Russia Volunteers to Mediate Between Government and Opposition in Venezuela”

At an emergency meeting Thursday, 16 nations from the Organization of American States recognized Guaido as interim president.

But she is holding out hope that the 35-year-old opposition lawmaker who has declared himself interim president, Juan Guaido, can restore democracy in Venezuela.

Maduro's presidency has coincided with a decline in Venezuela's socioeconomic status, with crime, inflation, poverty, and hunger increasing.

It's unclear how many U.S. Embassy staff remain in Caracas. There has not been a USA ambassador in Venezuela since.

Guaido's bold move came amid a fresh wave of deadly street clashes between protesters and security forces in this oil-rich but economically devastated country.

The Lima Group, which is made up of 14 countries in the Americas, has taken an increasingly strident stance against Maduro, whom it sees as anti-democratic.

The election a year ago was criticized by much of the worldwide community because Maduro's most popular opponents were barred from running and it lacked basic guarantees like a team of impartial observers.

Other experts question whether Canada's approach could do more harm than good.

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Maduro reacted by cutting all ties with the US and ordering American diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours.

The chief of Venezuela's military, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, repeated his support for President Maduro in a televised statement Thursday.

Not to be undone, Guaido issued his own statement, urging foreign embassies to disavow Maduro's orders and keep their diplomats in the country. "What do we do if there is a bloody crackdown?" said Roger Noriega, former USA assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere under President George W. Bush. The two are Venezuela's largest creditors, having acted as lenders of last resort for the Maduro regime in a bid to prop up the country's imploding economy.

It told Washington not to intervene militarily, warning outside interference was the path to bloodshed.

Washington has signalled that it could impose new sanctions on Venezuela's vital oil sector. But there has been growing frustration within the administration that more was needed.

To leave Venezuela, he sneaked across the lawless border with Colombia, so as not to raise suspicions among immigration officials who sometimes harass opposition figures at the airport and bar them from traveling overseas, said a different anti-government leader, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss security arrangements.

Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the United States actively supports a person who "ignores all laws", might set a risky precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT.

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Germany, Switzerland and Portugal called for free elections, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told Guaido he supported the Venezuelan Parliament.

Bolton, known for his harsh views on the Latin American left, laid some of the groundwork well before Guaido's emergence.

And China's foreign ministry called on the United States to stay out of the crisis.

"The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela". Brazil was one of the first countries to recognize Guaido.

The agency also advised all American citizens to "strongly consider" departing Venezuela. Claver-Carone is known as a hardliner on communist Cuba and outspoken critic of former President Barack Obama's rapprochement with Havana. Venezuela has always been a divisive issue in the State Department, with some diplomats pushing for dialogue and others backing deeper sanctions.

The U.S. has criticized Maduro throughout his time in office and has shown support for the National Assembly as the "last vestige of democracy".

Private military contractors who do secret missions for Russian Federation flew into Venezuela in the past few days to beef up security for President Nicolas Maduro in the face of US -backed opposition protests, according to two people close to them.

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