Venezuela’s Guaido won’t rule out authorising United States intervention

Aerial view of the Tienditas Bridge in the border between Cucuta Colombia and Tachira Venezuela after Venezuelan military forces blocked it with containers
The Tienditas Bridge was blocked by the Venezuelan military

10 February, 2019

"We are coping well with difficulties, our oil industry will move forward, despite the aggression, there are enough oil markets in the world for oil produced by Venezuela", Maduro said at a press conference broadcast in his Twitter blog.

Elliot Abrams, the new USA envoy on the Venezuelan crisis, said that Washington was revoking the visas of an unspecified number of members of the Constituent Assembly.

Two US trucks carrying food and medical supplies arrived at Venezuela's border this afternoon, according to a US official in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

The bridge, which connects Cucuta and the city of Urena in Venezuela, remains blocked after the Venezuelan military, earlier this week, placed cargo containers and a tanker lorry across the road surface.

A worker organises humanitarian aid for Venezuela at a warehouse near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 8, 2019.

His pledge followed comments by the US Ambassador to Colombia urging the Venezuelan military to allow the aid to enter the country.

Venezuela's government on Friday said the United States should distribute humanitarian aid in Colombia where it is being stockpiled, while the opposition warned that blocking much-needed food and medicine could constitute crimes against humanity.

Venezuela should resolve its own matters itself via peaceful talks and China supports the global community's efforts in this regard, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Medina told a news conference at United Nations headquarters in NY: "I think we need the strength of the U.S., Brazil, Colombia".

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The report comes after the European Union and a group of Latin American governments which kept a moderate line following the political crisis which has engulfed Venezuela called for dialogue and fresh elections.

During a presentation of the group's annual financial results, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said: "The accounts have been blocked in light of the United States decisions".

The Trump administration has been leading calls for Maduro to be overthrown, recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's "legitimate" leader.

Maduro also accused US President Donald Trump of orchestrating a coup.

"We're going to do everything that has a lower social cost, that generates governability and stability to deal with the emergency", said Guaido, 35.

According to Rodriguez's reconstruction of the facts, Borges and other opposition leaders, with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency, were organizing a military uprising in Caracas that was discovered and blocked by Venezuelan security forces on January 21.

"He's got friends in places like Cuba and Russia", Abrams said.

Philip Gunson is senior analyst for Venezuela at the International Crisis Group, and is based in Caracas.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also said Germany had earmarked €5 million ($5.72 million) worth of assistance for Venezuela.

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