CARACAS, Venezuela - Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas on Saturday, February 2 to back opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for early elections as global pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
"I am here as the face of many mothers who live with the fear that their husbands won't come home".
One former National Security Council official, Jose Cardenas, said Putin's support for Maduro seeks to "create instability, and distract and tax United States resources in the United States' own sphere of influence".
The opposition leader said he had sent communications to both Russian Federation and China, Maduro's top foreign creditors and political supporters. All, without exception, have said they are coming for the oil of Venezuela. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, all from Florida. But lawmakers urged the EU's 28 governments to consider Guaido "the only legitimate interim president" until there were "new free, transparent and credible presidential elections".
"Power is evaporating from Maduro's hands with the passing of the hours", Sucre said.
"Such acts of intimidation are seen as very serious, very egregious by the United States", a senior USA administration official told reporters on a conference call.
USA officials who have warned Maduro will face "serious consequences" if he harms Guaido denounced the incident as a disgraceful intimidation tactic.
The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control also addressed other issues related to looming USA sanctions on Caracas' state-run oil company aimed at putting pressure on President Nicolas Maduro who the Trump administration seeks to oust from power.
And last week, the Bank of England denied Maduro officials' request to withdraw US$1.2 billion of gold stored there after top USA officials, including Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, lobbied their United Kingdom counterparts to cut off the regime from its overseas holdings.
Pence reiterated comments made Mr. Trump and other administration representatives that the United States is willing to move beyond just diplomatic avenues if Maduro does not step down.
"Any foreign intervention in Venezuela is not right and will deepen the problem", Cavusoglu said in Romania. "We see the possibility of avoiding this scenario by establishing dialogue", Chizhov said.
Wirth also said Chevron's refining operations in the US are well-prepared to handle an expected disruption of Venezuelan crude supply due to the sanctions.
A United Nations human rights expert denounced the US oil sanctions imposed on Monday, saying they would compound a grave humanitarian crisis.
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