United States wants natural resources of Venezuela — Maduro

United States wants natural resources of Venezuela — Maduro

As the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, he invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's re-election a year ago was illegitimate.

The United States and most other Western nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader. [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin has offered us the best equipment that exists now and it allowed us to create a strong defence structure.

Leader of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello said earlier that Caracas would remove immunity from the lawmakers who took part in the recent coup attempt in the country.

Cristopher is the former Director General of Venezuela's National Intelligence Service, more commonly known as SEBIN.

Donald Trump rose to power questioning and criticizing Washington's global wars, but his government is considering putting American boots on the ground in Venezuela, though there's still confusion about the US policy towards the country.

Maduro has threatened to go after "traitors" after crisis-wracked Venezuela's military leadership reaffirmed its loyalty to the socialist president.


The United States military says it will dispatch a military hospital ship to the Venezuelan region, the latest sign of greater US involvement in the crisis gripping the South American country.

Although Guaido's attempted uprising failed to immediately dislodge Maduro, it exposed new fissures within the country, the official said.

In a speech to the Americas Society at the State Department, scheduled for 3:25 p.m. (1925 GMT), Pence will also warn that the United States will soon move to sanction 25 additional magistrates on Venezuela's supreme court, the official said on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The country's armed forces sided with Nicolas Maduro, who, in turn, has the support of multiple countries including Russian Federation and China, as the only legitimate president of Venezuela. The U.S. already has sanctions on about 150 officials and businesses in the country. "And if there are options we have to consider and alternatives, then we will", said Guaidó.

In his speech, Pence also announced that a US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, will return to the area in June for a five-month mission aimed at assisting neighboring countries that are caring for some of the millions of Venezuelans who have fled their country's crumbling economy.

Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the re-arrest of key opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who made a sensational appearance alongside Guaido outside the air base claiming to have been released from house arrest by soldiers.

Guaido has the support of more than 50 countries, including the US, UK and most Latin American nations - and he has told the BBC that US support for him has been "decisive".

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