Venezuelan Gov't Bars Guaido from Public Office for 15 Years

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Trump added that "all options are open" to get Russian Federation out of Venezuela.

The political crisis escalated on Saturday when two Russian air force planes touched down outside Caracas carrying almost 100 Russian troops.

The troops reportedly brought 35 tons of military equipment with them.

Nicolas Maduro's fragile Venezuelan regime has escalated its aggression towards opposition leader Juan Guaido by banning him from holding public office for 15 years.

Russian Federation had until now declined to comment on the reports.

The Trump administration has asked Congress for up to $500 million in foreign aid to help "support a democratic transition in Venezuela", Pompeo said in written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Trump also said that the Venezuelan government was under "plenty of pressure right now", noting that "other than military you can't get any more pressure than they have. all options are open". "We hope that the Curacao authorities will not allow the island's territory to be used as a springboard for another Western adventure capable of destabilizing the situation in the region".

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In a statement on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian troops would stay in the country as "for as long as needed" and accused the US of trying to "stage a coup" in the country through the threat of military action.

In Venezuela's recent political crisis, many European and South American nations, as well as the US, are supporting Mr Guaido's stake in the presidency.

"I must say that there is no evidence that there is any value in speaking with Maduro at this time".

His supporters have said numerous difficulties have been caused by worldwide sanctions levied against his regime. Trump has said tougher sanctions are still to come. In addition, citizens are now grappling with power blackouts that experts have blamed on years of neglect and maintenance.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, talks during a meeting calling for more protests, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Brazil would like to discuss the Venezuelan crisis bilaterally with Russian Federation and China, its partners in the BRICS group of largest emerging markets economies, to convince them that a diplomatic transition in the oil-producing nation might be in their best interest too, he said.

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