Can Maduro hold onto power in Venezuela? | The Stream


US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said Tuesday, following the UN Security Council meeting, that he believes there will soon be a UN resolution regarding Venezuela.

US Vice-President Mike Pence said that his government continues to "keep all options on the table" despite concerns about the devastating consequences this could have for both Colombia and Venezuela.

Top U.S. diplomats and their Russian counterparts recently discussed the ongoing Venezuelan crisis.

Jorge Ramos, perhaps the best-known Spanish-language journalist in the USA, had been invited to Caracas by the government for an exclusive interview with Mr Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace, but 17 minutes into the session the atmosphere soured when Ramos suggested that the president was a "dictator". The Kremlin has continued to support President Nicolas Maduro, while the pushing for him to step aside.

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country's Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country's capital of Caracas on January 23.

After clashes on the Colombian border last weekend, Venezuela's President Maduro cut all diplomatic ties with Duque and Colombia and closed the border between the countries. Violent clashes between protesters and the armed forces left nearly 300 wounded and at least three protesters dead near the Brazilian border.

He also said U.S. sanctions against officials of the Maduro regime will continue.

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Pence also said the USA would continue to search for places to pre-position aid for eventual delivery to Venezuela, and announced $56 million in new assistance to countries in the region helping to absorb an exodus of more than 3 million Venezuelans who have fled hyperinflation and shortages in recent years.

Ramos later said he had attempted to show Mr Maduro a video of Venezuelans eating out of the back of a rubbish lorry, which he had filmed two days earlier in Caracas.

"There is an attempt by external powers to overthrow an elected government, this goes against all rules of global law", Arreaza said.

"We announced some sanctions yesterday".

The opposing views of Saturday's attempt by opposition leader Juan Guaido to deliver aid to Venezuelans facing an economic crisis and severe shortages of food and medicine reflected the deep divisions in the Security Council and among the U.N.'s 193 member states.

Maduro, who has described his rival as a US-backed puppet, now faces severe worldwide pressure including USA sanctions meant to cripple the OPEC nation's vital oil industry.