Kremlin set to read Guaido message, not recognize him

Foreign Secretary call with Juan Guaido: 30 January 2019

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reiterated a call for the military to defect from the country's socialist government on Saturday, as President Nicolas Maduro appeared to intensify a deepening political standoff by proposing to hold early National Assembly elections that could potentially oust his challenger.

Guaido has turned down offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with Maduro.

Maduro's statement comes as thousands are rallying in the streets of Caracas both in support of and against his government.

The "clear goal" of the march was "to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union", Guaido said ahead of the march, which will begin outside the EU offices in eastern Caracas.

Chevron's refining operations in the United States are well-prepared to handle an expected disruption of Venezuelan crude supply due to the sanctions, Wirth said, adding that Chevron had a contingency plan in anticipation of the sanctions and has alternate sourcing.

A sea of people can be seen flooding a kilometers-long stretch of Bolivar Avenue in downtown Caracas to listen to Maduro's speech.

Clashes last week around the country left some 40 people dead, according to the United Nations.

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The military and security forces have so far been Maduro's main pillar of support, despite an economic collapse that has created dire shortages of food and medicine and a mass migration to neighboring countries.

Gen. Yanez also calls on members of the armed forces not to protect Mr Maduro, saying that if they are afraid of backing Mr Guaido openly due to internal threats, they should "stay at home".

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USA officials who have warned Maduro will face "serious consequences" if he harms Guaido denounced the incident as a disgraceful intimidation tactic.

The global heave against Maduro's leftist regime came after weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomacy including secret talks in Washington between Guaido and United States officials. Mr Guaido said that there is enormous suffering, food shortages and that several people had recently died due to the lack of electricity in hospitals.

China and Venezuela have been "pragmatically cooperating for a long time", said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

"The President (Donald Trump) said all options are on the table".

Pence's trip to Miami came as the Trump administration continued to challenge Nicolas Maduro's claim to the presidency. Valued at about $850 million, they are an important source of wealth in a country that has plunged into extreme poverty under Maduro's leadership.

Previous negotiations all had the same "unsatisfactory result", Guaido wrote.

Those holdings may be related to Nicolas Maduro's January 30 announcement that he would allocate billions of dollars to development projects in the country despite ongoing political upheaval.

Meanwhile, streams of marchers in another part of the capital walked from middle-class and poor neighborhoods and said they were demanding Maduro's resignation and a transitional government that would hold new presidential elections in the South American country.

People listen as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center after meeting with Venezuelan exiles and community leaders on February 01, 2019 in Doral, Florida.

The military high command, led by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, has sworn absolute loyalty to Maduro despite signs of unrest within the ranks.

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