US Criticizes Guaido for Failed Coup in Venezuela

US Criticizes Guaido for Failed Coup in Venezuela

US Criticizes Guaido for Failed Coup in Venezuela

US President Donald Trump says all options are on the table in dealing with Venezuela, although US special envoy Elliott Abrams has denied Russian accusations Washington is preparing to intervene militarily.

The other sanctioned individuals are linked to regional military commands and the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB), the Venezuelan national guard.

The revelation was published on Wednesday on the Argentinean news website Politica Online, which reported that the criticism was made at the meeting of the self-styled Lima Group in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday.

"Former President Nicolas Maduro's border blockades of trucks and ships loaded with humanitarian aid are the latest example of his illegitimate regime weaponizing the delivery of food and critically needed supplies in order to control vulnerable Venezuelans", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Guaido last month declared himself the interim head of state.

Abrams said the United States is very concerned about interim self-declared Venezuelan President Juan Guido's "ability to go back home" from travels overseas. Russia, China, Mexico, Iran, Turkey among other nations, voiced support for constitutionally elected Maduro, who, in turn, accused Washington of orchestrating a coup.

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov on Saturday condemned what he called America's "flagrant interference" and "destructive influence" in Venezuela, in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo.

Guaido has the backing of the United States and numerous countries in Latin America and Europe.

"Dictatorships come to an end", Abrams shrugged when asked about "loosing momentum" and comparisons between Libya and Venezuela " Some last for a very long time, others a much shorter time.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington has recognised as interim president, had hoped to bring in the stockpiles of food, which the U.S. coordinated with Colombia and Brazil.

"We work very closely with your state and coordinate actions in the worldwide arena", Lavrov told Rodriguez.

The United States was one of the first nations to recognize Guaido's leadership and has imposed sanctions against Maduro's regime.

Russian Federation and China vetoed a popular resolution, meant to help the Venezuelan people, in a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday, according to a U.S. State Department official.

The 35-year-old political newcomer continued on to Brazil, where he met the new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, and on Friday traveled to Paraguay and Argentina.

Guaido today tweeted that Venezuelans should monitor his official announcements and that he would provide details about meeting points for supporters.

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