Russia Vows to Continue Supporting Maduro in Venezuela

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According to the website, Guaido had promised the USA government that if the majority of the world leaders recognized him as the alleged president of Venezuela, at least half of the FANB officers would desert, but it did not happen.

Under Maduro's leadership, the economy of Venezuela has spiraled out of control. Vice-President Mike Pence led talks on trying to get Nicolas Maduro out of power, and hit other Venezuelan politicians who support Maduro with sanctions too.

About fifty countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Foreign military intervention is seen as unlikely and Guaido's global backers are instead using a mix of sanctions and diplomacy to try to put pressure to bear on Maduro.

USA envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams, centre, attends a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in NY on February 28, 2019.

"We're interested in continuing cooperation with Venezuela, especially since many of our companies are working on quite big projects there", said Peskov.

USA sanctions block any assets the individuals control in the United States and bars US entities from doing any business or financial transactions with them.

Those targeted include the commanders of the National Guard and several regional security commanders, including those whose turf includes the borders with Brazil and Colombia.

Mnuchin reiterated the strong support of the United States for Venezuela's Interim President Juan Guaido and warned Maduro loyalists they will continue to face Treasury action for "prolonging the suffering of the victims of this man-made humanitarian crisis".

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Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, said that the meeting "may be exploited as a step for preparations of a real, not humanitarian, intervention", adding that it may cause the alleged inability of the Security Council to resolve the situation in Venezuela.

Venezuela's Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Guaido slipped out of Venezuela last week, in violation of a Supreme Court order not to leave the country, to join the aid convoys in Colombia.

When asked if she recognizes the opposition as the leader, Omar, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, "Absolutely not". "Maduro won't step down until the day he steps down", he said.

He said on Thursday that he and his family had received threats, including of prison.

The United States imposed sanctions Friday on six Venezuelan security officials for obstructing aid that Washington had tried to force in as part of its effort to support the country's opposition leader against President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro has called the US -backed humanitarian aid effort a veiled invasion meant to push him from power, and has insisted that there is no crisis in the country.

A day after Russian Federation and China vetoed a United States and European resolution at the UN Security Council that called for unimpeded aid deliveries, Washington said it was targeting six Venezuelan military officers for stopping last weekend's US-led convoy.

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