Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro can foil possible United States plans for military intervention in the country, if there are no provocations against U.S. diplomats and bloodshed among protesters, Viktor Semenov, an expert at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute for Latin American Studies, told TASS on Friday.
A letter by a U.S. Embassy security officer requesting a police escort for a caravan of 10 vehicles was leaked earlier in the day and published on social media by a journalist for state-owned TV network Telesur.
Backed by Venezuela's military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his US supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle for power in the crisis-plagued South American nation.
The Trump administration said Maduro's order isn't legal because the U.S.no longer recognizes him as Venezuela's legitimate leader. Maduro had declared the National Assembly, led by Guaido's opposition, to be illegitimate.
"I swear to assume all the powers of the presidency to secure an end to the usurpation", said Guaido, recently elected head of congress, before an exuberant crowd.
Besides the United States, much of the global community rallied behind Guaido, with Canada and numerous Latin American and European countries announcing that they recognized his claim to the presidency.
France and Britain are the latest countries Thursday to throw their weight behind the popular street protests seeking to force Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to step aside, dubbing the embattled Latin American ruler "illegitimate".
The European Union, which has imposed sanctions on Venezuela and boycotted Maduro's swearing-in, has been more cautious, stopping short of following Washington in recognizing the 35-year-old Guaido as acting president.
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Speaking later to red-shirted supporters outside the presidential palace, Maduro recited USA interventions in Latin America during the Cold War. "That would create a unsafe precedent for any other person who would want to proclaim themselves the president of something".
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that recent events in Venezuela were a gross violation of the country's sovereignty.
Guaido, a photogenic 35-year-old lawmaker who has re-invigorated the opposition, has argued that three public sectors are critical to establishing a new government: The people, the global community and the military.
Further afield, Maduro received support from allies Russian Federation and China while France and Canada backed Guaido.
He was re-elected in 2018 but most of the opposition parties didn't take part so now he's now been challenged by a man called Juan Guaido. "We believe that in this case, the task is to prevent external influences, especially military, on the internal situation in Venezuela", Shchetinin said.
In a video addressing the military earlier this week, Guiado said the constitution requires them to disavow Maduro after his May 2018 re-election, which was widely condemned by the global community because his main opponents were banned from running.
Donald Trump tweets in support of Juan Guaido.
Venitez, like Sarfatti, has family members all over the world who have left the deteriorating political climate in Venezuela.