Turks united in their support of Venezuela's embattled Nicolas Maduro

With Venezuela convulsed by crisis, Trump's hawks take dramatic turn

The State Department is ordering non-essential diplomats and staff at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to leave the country.

Bolton has also worked with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to form a united front within the administration, needed to overcome resistance from career State Department diplomats.

Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian Federation considers Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela and he warned against any outside attempts to usurp the supreme power of the country.

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

"We are pleased to note that the overwhelming majority of regional, Latin American actors take the same position on the inadmissibility of any external armed intervention in the situation - by the way, regardless of the position they adhere to in relation to the Maduro government", Shchetinin said.

Iran, Syria, Cuba and Turkey have also said they continue to support Maduro's government.

More than 20 national guardsmen broke with Maduro on Monday, seized an arsenal and declared themselves in rebellion, but were quelled by other units.

Washington's reckless push for regime change in Venezuela, where the United States actively supports a person who "ignores all laws", might set a unsafe precedent, former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa told RT.

He was re-elected in 2018 but most of the opposition parties didn't take part so now he's now been challenged by a man called Juan Guaido.

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US Vice President Mike Pence issued a message of support Tuesday to Venezuelans planning to join the marches. The National Assembly also encouraged foreign governments to increase pressure on Maduro's regime.

Oxhorn said if the Venezuelan military were to drop its support for Maduro that may create a path to peaceful change.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro can not be the legitimate leader because the elections that had returned him to office were not fair, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

"This is an impressive blow", the ex-president said, referring to the development in Venezuela.

Mexico, however, stood apart, saying it recognizes "the authorities elected in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution", seen as a lukewarm nod to Maduro.

Wilmer Guaido, a taxi driver on the island of Tenerife, told private Antena 3 television Friday that Venezuela's armed forces should be loyal to the country, but not to a specific leader.

Venitez, who works with a lobby and aid organization called the Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum, said when she announced at the protest that Guaido had declared himself to be interim leader, people had tears in their eyes. Last week 17 Latin American countries, as well as the U.S., Canada and 28 member states of the European Union, declared Maduro a "dictator". But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "We have no such information".

In a video addressing the military earlier this week, Guiado said the constitution requires them to disavow Maduro after his May 2018 re-election, which was widely condemned by the worldwide community because his main opponents were banned from running. "It could get pretty ugly", said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank on Western Hemisphere affairs in Washington.

But there were no signs that security forces were widely heeding Guaido's call to go easy on demonstrators.

Venezuela has suffered hyperinflation and scarcities of basic food and medicine amid an economic crisis in which millions have fled the country.

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