United States rejects Maduro decision to sever diplomatic ties

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In a statement, the president's office said Putin called Maduro "to express support to the legitimate government of Venezuela".

Food shortages are widespread, grocery store shelves are bare, and many people say they do not have enough food to eat. At least 13 people have died in Caracas in protests in recent days. But he is known as a talented coalition-builder - something Venezuela's divided and disorganised opposition badly needs.

"We call on all parties to refrain from measures that are inconsistent with the privileges and immunities enjoyed by members of the diplomatic community", he said. "These voices can not be ignored", the 28-nation bloc said. The report's authors estimate that Alberta could supply enough oil, if it continued production at 2018 levels, to replace two-thirds of the Venezuelan supply to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The infographic below-created by Statista-shows the global split of nations either supporting Maduro or backing Guaido.

"Violence and the excessive use of force by security forces are completely unacceptable, and will for sure not resolve the crisis".

U.S. vice-president Mike Pence stated that the USA would use "the full weight of our diplomatic and economic pressure" against the Maduro regime.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan offered support for Maduro too.

Juan Guaido has the support of a lot of the population but even with this support he can't really make Maduro quit.

Translation: The US is conducting a coup against Venezuelan President Maduro who picked our flag off the ground, but the European Union is silent, the United Nations is silent.

His father, Wilmer Guaidó, a taxi driver who moved to the Spanish island of Tenerife 16 years ago to escape the regime of President Chávez, said that the military should act in the country's best interests. "And how would the existing USA president react?"

Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the information committee at Russia's Federation Council, called Guaido's declaration "an attempted coup" orchestrated by Washington - a claim echoed by Maduro in a televised broadcast in which he said, "We've had enough interventionism here".

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"Get Out! Leave Venezuela".

The State Department has ordered some US government workers to leave Venezuela and said USA citizens there should consider leaving as well.

But Guaido tweeted in response that, under him, Venezuela wants countries "to maintain their diplomatic presence in our country".

To ratchet up pressure on Maduro, who began a second term on January 10 following an election previous year widely considered to be a fraud, the United States is seeking to cut off funds for his government, USA officials said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump recognized the opposition leader and head of Venezuela's parliament as the interim president.

"Venezuela is not alone!" he added.

"We appreciate the support of the world", she said.

"A United States backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face", Omar tweeted.

Meanwhile, pressure on Venezuela is still mounting.

Established in August 2017, in Lima, Peru, the group's meetings have included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia. He has put himself forward as the new acting president.

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