Venezuela's Guaido: 'We will do what is necessary'

Venezuela's Guaido: 'We will do what is necessary'

Venezuela's Guaido: 'We will do what is necessary'

Pentagon officials now say that they are having direct talks with the leadership of the Venezuelan military, and trying to convince senior officers to defect, either backing the US-backed Guaido or at least getting out of the way.

"The scheme for Venezuela is more or less similar to what they did to Libya in order to seize its natural resources", Maduro noted.

"At the same time, what they did with humanitarian aid is a cheap spectacle".

However, on the other side of the Tienditas border bridge, Venezuelan troops loyal to Maduro had blocked the road, heightening tensions with Washington.

Maduro accuses Guaido and his supporters, including the U.S., of staging a coup.

Estimates of how many Venezuelans have left their home country during the tenures of former President Hugo Chavez and current leader Maduro vary widely, with some opponents and academics putting the figure at 4 million.

Consultants Eurasia Group said on Thursday that Maduro's traditonal allies Russian Federation and China are "unlikely to lend (him) meaningful support", reinforcing its view that the socialist leader "will be unable to sustain his regime".

"The document adopted by the National Assembly - on "transitioning to democracy" - represents a coup attempt and violation of the constitution", Maduro said.

He was referring to the FBI's raid on Wednesday against the BSJI bank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over alleged violations of USA sanctions imposed on those who do business with Venezuela's government.

The Maduro government, responsible for an economic collapse that has reportedly forced some three million Venezuelans to flee the country, lashed out at the European Union nations, saying their move would damage relations with Caracas. They squeeze us by the neck and then make us beg for crumbs'. It's a message of humiliation to the people.

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Guaido identified the three collection points for worldwide humanitarian aid as the Brazil-Venezuela border, an as-of-yet unidentified Caribbean island, and Cucuta.

"We're going to open a humanitarian corridor and the doors to freedom", he told journalists.

He added that the Venezuelan military was degraded. A number of countries, including the United States, have accused Maduro of stealing the election.

He claims his legitimacy from the constitution, but Maduro - labeled a dictator by the West and his Latin American neighbors - insists his re-election past year was constitutional.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has been recognized by the U.S.

"I am not only saying that Maduro is a threat to the maintenance of peace of the region", he said. "You're deaf... They've taken extremist positions".

Still, he said, rank-and-file soldiers were starving "just like the population" of Venezuela.

Leftist-led Bolivia also refused to support snap presidential elections in Venezuela.

Earlier, Maduro vowed not to let in "fake humanitarian aid" and claimed Venezuela's crisis has been "fabricated by Washington" to justify intervention.

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