U.S. military ready to 'protect' diplomats in Venezuela - admiral

U.S. military ready to 'protect' diplomats in Venezuela - admiral

U.S. military ready to 'protect' diplomats in Venezuela - admiral

Responding to that meeting, China's foreign ministry said in a statement late on Friday that China supported the efforts of the global community on the peaceful settlement of the Venezuela issue and hoped all parties would continue to play a constructive role.

On Thursday, the International Contact Group agreed in Montevideo (Uruguay) to send a technical mission to the country and meet again in March to keep working towards a peaceful solution to the crisis, and prevent the situation from getting worse. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela - they say, as they said then - in the name of democracy and freedom.

Guaido says 300,000 people could die if desperately-needed aid isn't brought in.

The United States is imposing a ban on the travel of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly's members to the us, said a USA envoy on Venezuela-related issues.

"We reject the partisan and ideological nature of the document", Maduro said on Friday, adding that he would always welcome dialog with anyone. "He is a clear and present danger and a risk to the national security of the United States".

Hector Vazquez Muniz, chief financial officer of Banco San Juan Internacional, said in a statement to the AP that the bank is complying with the USA sanctions and denied wrongdoing.

Venezuela, already crippled by Maduro's economic policies, was plunged in political turmoil a year ago when he greatly reduced the power of the opposition-controlled National Assembly and created a parallel parliament that gave more control to regions of the country where he is more popular. Today, our only enemy is fear.' Guaido said.

Guaido is trying to force Maduro from power, aiming to set up a transitional government and hold presidential elections.

Several trucks carrying food and medicine arrived at a collection center in the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Thursday.

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The goods stored at the border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela, consist of corn, flour, lentils and cans of tuna.

The items were being packed by volunteers into individual bags for Venezuelan families.

Venezuelan volunteers, Colombian firefighters and rescue workers prepare USAID humanitarian aid for storage at a warehouse next to the Tienditas International Bridge, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Guaido told a packed 2,700-seat theatre at the Central University of Venezuela that Maduro's days were numbered, as he clings to power.

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

It also called for new presidential elections in Venezuela as soon as possible.

Rogier Huizenga, secretary of the IPU's human rights committee, expressed concern the opposition-controlled Assembly is "being ill-treated".

The United States has recognised Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, as the interim president of the economically troubled nation.

-Question: How is the entry of humanitarian aid advancing?

Major European Union nations have joined the United States, Canada and a group of Latin American countries in recognising Guaido as interim ruler. His claim was recognised by the USA and around 40 other countries, including 20 from the European Union. Iohannis, in charge of the country's foreign policy, said Romania needed to have "quick, fundamental and firm reactions" to worldwide developments.

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