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United States pulls non-essential diplomatic staff from Venezuela

26 January, 2019, 02:30 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Juan Guaido

The crisis in the South American country escalated Wednesday after President Maduro announced he was ending diplomatic relations with the United States, in response to President Donald Trump's announcement that he was officially recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader.

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.

"What we're focusing on today is disconnecting the illegitimate Maduro regime from the sources of his revenues", National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House on Thursday.

On January 23, Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that military contractors were operating in Sudan after British press reports stated that they were helping to crack down on protesters in that country, which is an ally of Moscow. "In our sanctions, we've barely scratched the surface on what actions the United States can take", said a senior administration official.

Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying "all options are on the table", but Russian Federation said that "violates the fundamental norms of global law".

China, Venezuela's main creditor, opposed "interference in Venezuelan affairs by external forces".

Maduro on Wednesday gave USA diplomats 72 hours to leave the country after President Donald Trump, backed by major Latin American nations, said the leftist firebrand was no longer Venezuela's legitimate president.

"The State Department ordered non-emergency USA government employees to depart Venezuela".

Asked whether China recognizes Maduro, Hua recalled that Beijing had sent a representatives to his inauguration earlier this month.


Attention was focused on Venezuela's military, a traditional arbiter of political disputes in the country, as a critical indicator of whether the opposition will succeed in setting up a new government.

He earned swift endorsement from Washington and a dozen regional powers including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

Though many rank-and-file troops suffer the same hardships as countless other Venezuelans when it comes to meeting basic needs like feeding their families, Maduro has worked to cement their support with bonuses and other special benefits.

Washington on Friday intensified its push to drive Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, as USA diplomats left the embassy in Caracas and Russian Federation vowed to back its socialist South American ally.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department ordered some U.S. government employees to leave Venezuela, according to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela.

In Pence's second call, which according to a White House official was kept under wraps for security reasons, the vice president assured Guaido: "We're praying for you, the United States stands with you, your bravery and courage are something we admire". "Under the leadership of President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey will maintain its principled stance against all coup attempts". That reflects close economic and political ties.

Tweeting from the Swiss ski resort of Davos, where he and other leaders were attending the World Economic Forum, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said: "Brazil recognises Mr Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president".

Guaido and allies argue that the presidency is vacant as a result and that the constitution calls for the head of congress to assume the interim presidency in such a situation. Some countries recognized this.

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