Guaido: Opposition Holding Secret Talks with Venezuelan Military

Guaido: Opposition Holding Secret Talks with Venezuelan Military

Venezuela's state oil company and its customers will be blocked from using the US financial system by late April, as the Trump administration ratchets up the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step aside and allow an opposition leader to take his place.

A prominent Venezuelan lawmaker says that a group of European Union and Latin American countries aiming to solve the political crisis in Venezuela should support the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro without negotiations.

Guaido added that Russian Federation and China would benefit from a government change as Venezuela's main foreign creditors. "I hold you responsible for anything that might happen to my baby", the opposition leader said, speaking directly to President Nicolas Maduro.

The Trump administration imposed fresh sanctions on the national oil company PDVSA, effectively blocking Maduro from exporting crude to the US, and granted Guaido control of Venezuelan assets at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

The political fight between Maduro and Guaido has drawn in foreign powers.

Guaido indicated that there would be no dialogue with Maduro or anyone in his government. Mexico and Uruguay have maintained their recognition of Maduro and have offered to host worldwide talks in hopes of resolving the dispute peacefully.

So far, all indications are that the Venezuelan military is securely behind President Maduro, despite offers of amnesty and U.S. cajoling. The strategy continued into the 21st century with State Department official Elliot Abrams-convicted, but later pardoned for his role in a plot to sell weapons to Iran in order to fund "contra" rebels against the socialist Sandinistas leading Nicaragua-being allegedly involved in a 2002 coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The newspaper reported that "gold was removed from the plane, which was then loaded with containers filled with cash in US dollars". The military's top leadership is backing Maduro, though analysts warn that rank-and-file troops frustrated by their country's economic and humanitarian crisis may not share their unwavering loyalty. Last week, street protests turned violent in days of unrest that killed almost three dozen people in clashes with government security forces.

The announcement was welcomed by huge crowds in the capital and recognised by a chorus of world leaders, including US Vice President Mike Pence, who issued a video message supporting Guaido's "courageous decision".

"There is no possible discussion here".

"The dictatorship thinks they will frighten us".

The mobilizations are meant to keep up the pressure after Washington recognized Guaido as the legitimate president and issued potentially crippling sanctions that are likely to further weaken the OPEC nation's struggling oil industry.

Under Maduro's ruling, the people of Venezuela had been suffering an economic and humanitarian crisis.

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