Venezuela crisis: Russian Federation claims United States is preparing for military invasion

Jeannie Matthews
March 1, 2019

Pence said the United States was also sending another $56 million (U.S.) to Venezuela's neighbours to help with the flood of migrants fleeing into their countries.

Reuters quoted diplomats as saying the US version is likely to receive the required nine votes in the council but is expected to fail due to a Russian veto.

The US recognizes Juan Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, as the oil-rich nation's acting president, while Russian Federation supports incumbent head of state Nicolas Maduro, Efe news reported on Wednesday.

Venezuela suffers from hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages.

Russian Federation and the USA have opposed each other when it comes to the crisis in Venezuela.

The US-drafted measure expresses support for "the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela" and requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres broker a deal on holding fresh elections.

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But each of the five Permanent Members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - has the power to veto a resolution and Moscow is sure to block Washington's text.

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States only recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido - whom he met earlier this week in Colombia in a show of support.

The crisis turned violent over the weekend when four people died in clashes at Venezuela's borders during an attempt led by Guaido to bring in humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil. He "does not want honest negotiations", said Spain's socialist leader, who earlier this month recognised Guaido as interim leader of Venezuela after Maduro rejected pressure to call snap general elections. Despite a ban on him leaving Venezuela he was in Colombia on Saturday to try to bring United States aid into his country, which resulted in clashes with forces acting on Mr Maduro's orders.

"When each country handles the Venezuelan issue, we should.uphold the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, oppose the use or threat of military force, and uphold the standards of basic worldwide relations", he added.

Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday called for direct talks between President Nicolas Maduro and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, to help ease the crisis gripping his country. It stresses the need to ensure the safety of all the members of Venezuela's National Assembly.

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