Risks for Colombia of a military intervention in Venezuela

U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela as Lima Group Opposes Military Intervention

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he'll soon return home and mobilize new protests against embattled socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.

Mr Maduro stormed out of an interview with the Miami-based channel Univision and later demanded the journalist questioning him be deported. He said the United States was imposing more sanctions on four pro-government governors, including a close Maduro ally who negotiated the release of an American jailed for more than two years.

"For democracy to return and for Venezuela to rebuild - Maduro must go", Pence said.

The Lima Group, in an 18-point declaration signed by 10 nations and Guaido, reiterated their call on the Venezuelan military to recognize the opposition leader as their commander in chief, urged the International Criminal Court to declare Maduro's aid blockade a crime against humanity and pressed the United Nations to play a bigger role in resolving the crisis.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, center, arrives at the Venezuela Aid Live concert on the Colombian side of the Tienditas International Bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Feb. 22, 2019.

And what has the impact of the crisis been on Venezuelans caught in the middle?

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Abrams responded that Russian Federation was reviving a Cold War mentality and that any aid delivered through the current government would be stolen from the Venezuelan people.

Elliott Abrams, in charge of steering USA policy on Venezuela, told the council on Tuesday that the Trump administration is "deeply concerned" about Guaido's well-being, hours after Maduro said in an interview with ABC News that the National Assembly leader "will have to face justice".

He also said USA sanctions against officials of the Maduro regime will continue.

"Trying to manage the Guaido situation has become a real problem for the government because (Guaido) has grown so much politically", said Luis Salamanca, a political scientist and constitutional law professor at Venezuela's Central University. "As the Trump administration admitted, it was an attempt to get the Venezuelan military to disobey Maduro".

"We announced some sanctions yesterday".

Russian Federation has backed Maduro, with Patrushev condemning the USA for "showing sarcasm and arrogance towards the Venezuelan people". "So what would happen if Cuba, Venezuela, or Nicaragua were to come up with a convoy to try to force through the southern border to get to the population of the south of the United States for this humanitarian emergency, saying that was a humanitarian assistance effort?"

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