Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with opposition

It's all about the vicious struggle of who is going to control Venezuela.

Violent street demonstrations erupted last week after Guaido declared during a huge opposition rally in Caracas that he had assumed presidential powers under the constitution and planned to hold fresh elections to end Maduro's "dictatorship".

Juan Guaido Supported By USA?

Guaido said outside the National Assembly building that he's aware of personal risks, but added, "Venezuela is set on change, and the world is clearly conscious of what's happening". "Not just in protest of the crisis we are living in all of Venezuela, not just because of how bad things are, but also for the future".

Juan Guaido took a symbolic oath of office, declaring himself as the constitutional leader of Venezuela, on the grounds that President Nicolas Maduro's re-election a year ago was fraudulent.

He added the threat of USA sanctions, including cutting off Venezuelan oil revenues, contributed to the apparent softening of Maduro's stance.

"Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me", Maduro told RIA.

Still, the Trump Administration's willingness to get involved in the country's deep-seated problems has invoked memories of the long and bloody history of American imperialism in Latin America.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned Saab in a Twitter post Tuesday that his request to keep Guaido from leaving Venezuela could lead to "serious consequences". Abrahms said, "The security of interim President Guaido is a concern", noting that action against him would be an "extremely foolish move".

Canada’s ambassador to China says he regrets comments
McCallum said the first date of her extradition hearing will be in March but the actual hearings will be some time after that. She has been released on bail, but her arrest has sparked an escalating diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing.

Effectively sidestepping his USA counterpart, Maduro urged Americans to second-guess the distorted narrative peddled by the mainstream media. "That is true diplomacy".

Maduro had stated in an Interview that he does not want to give in to the demand for an early presidential election.

Guaido has been recognized as the nation's rightful leader by two dozen nations that contend the re-election of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was a sham, in part because his strongest opponents were barred from running.

In an interview with Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti, Maduro reiterated that he was ready for talks with the opposition "for the sake of peace and its future", with the participation of worldwide mediators. Maduro said the talks could be held with the mediation of other countries.

Oil-rich Venezuela has suffered an economic meltdown marked by hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities that has left millions in poverty, while 2.3 million more have fled the country.

Maduro however, still has the backing of the army although Mr Guaido has offered amnesty to any military personnel who want to defect. China's U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said his government "firmly opposed" the USA accusations. "Our hope is that, in what we believe will be the final period of the regime, it does not use violence to try to prolong its days in power", Abrams said.

The U.S. backed last week Juan Guaidó, the chairman of the National Assembly, as the legitimate president of Venezuela, after Guaidó declared himself interim president.

Storchak said Venezuela owes Russian Federation $3 billion, with repayments twice a year of around $100 million, with the next due in March.

In response, Maduro told PDVSA to take action in United States and worldwide courts to defend Citgo, his last big overseas asset, which allowed the country to sell its heavy crude into the U.S. market. Venezuela's military attache to Washington deserted the president on Saturday.

  • Darren Santiago