Russian Federation warns US: 'Don't invade Venezuela' after 'all options' threat

Lindiwe Sisulu

Pompeo later told reporters who asked for a response, "I am not going to speculate or hypothesise on what the U.S. will do next".

Guaido, who took the helm of the National Assembly on January 5, proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a message posted on Twitter, said: "Spain has a responsibility to Latin America. we do not seek to change or remove governments, we want democracy and free elections in Venezuela". It called for a move "over the next days" toward new elections in Venezuela and entertained the idea of recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's leader if new elections are not announced.

Russia, supported by Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua and Turkey have been vehement in their bid not to recognise the opposition government in Venezuela.

Mr Pompeo told the UN Mr Maduro's "socialist experiment" had caused the economy to collapse and reduced ordinary Venezuelans to rooting through dumpsters for food.

The United States pressed all nations on Saturday (Jan 26) to "stand with the forces of freedom" in Venezuela, encouraged by a tougher European line as Russian Federation stood in the minority in backing embattled leader Nicolas Maduro. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem", he said.

The Venezuelan defense attaché to Washington DC said that he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó Márquez (Guaido) as interim president, having broken with Maduro's government.

But the opposition to Guaido was reflected in the initial procedural vote on whether the 15-member Security Council should even discuss the crisis in Venezuela, which is not on its official agenda. "We are also part of the people, and we've had enough of supporting a government that has betrayed the most basic principles and sold itself to other countries", he added in the interview.

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Oxhorn said if the Venezuelan military were to drop its support for Maduro that may create a path to peaceful change. But there were no signs that security forces were widely heeding Guaido's call to go easy on demonstrators.

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"Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side".

The council meeting came a day after Guaido vowed to remain on the streets until his country has a transitional government, while Maduro dug in and accused his opponents of orchestrating a coup.

But on Saturday Guaido gained support from a key military official.

In addition to the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and numerous Latin American countries have recognized Guiado as interim president, while Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union haved voiced their support for him but stopped short of an official endorsement. "Do not test the United States on our resolve to protect our people".

Maduro was sworn in for a second term earlier this month following last year's elections, which were marred by an opposition boycott and allegations of vote-rigging.

Guaido's move is the most direct challenge to Maduro's rule despite years of protests at home and worldwide efforts to isolate the regime amid a growing humanitarian crisis fueled by falling oil prices and government mismanagement.

Guaido's declaration of himself as the interim president takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognised overseas as legitimate but without control over state functions.

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