Venezuela proposes talks between Donald Trump and Nicolas Maduro

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The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival USA and Russian draft resolutions on Venezuela, diplomats said, with Washington's proposal calling for free and fair presidential elections and unhindered aid delivery.

US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday met Guaido and Colombian President Ivan Duque in Bogota for an emergency summit to focus on the Venezuelan crisis.

Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis despite overseeing a hyperinflationary economic meltdown that has spawned widespread food and medicine shortages and prompted the exodus of around 10 percent of the population. "But it ill behooves the Russians to talk about military intervention after they have dismembered both Georgia and Ukraine", Abrams told reporters at the United Nations ahead of a Security Council meeting on Venezuela.

But each of the five Permanent Members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - has the power to veto a resolution and Moscow is sure to block Washington's text.

Mr Abrams confirmed that Washington will impose new sanctions on Venezuelan officials.

Before the council meeting, Abrams told reporters that USA policy "is to use as much diplomatic and economic and political pressure as we can" along with the dozens of countries backing Guaido "to support the Venezuelan people's desire for democracy".




(MENAFN - Venezuelanalysis.com) February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in 'humanitarian aid'. It "supports the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela".

Earlier this month the United States proposed a draft Security Council resolution, which prompted Russian Federation to propose a rival text that makes no reference to elections or aid.

The humanitarian relief was also was meant to demonstrate the leadership of Guaido, 35, who claims the constitution makes him the rightful leader because autocratic President Nicolas Maduro stole last year's election.

The US-drafted measure "stresses the importance of ensuring the security" of all lawmakers and opposition members, but a reference in a previous draft expressing "full support" for the National Assembly was dropped.

Guaido was to travel to Brasilia to meet President Jair Bolsonaro today.

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