U.S. can use Curacao island for intervention in Venezuela, warns diplomat

Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying almost 100 Russian troops, according to local media reports, two months after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump disavowed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

In a statement on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian troops would stay in the country as "for as long as needed" and accused the USA of trying to "stage a coup" in the country through the threat of military action.

The move, announced by Auditor General Elvis Amoroso on state television, marked another effort by Maduro's regime to politically sideline Guaido, who is recognized by the U.S. and 50 other countries as Venezuela's interim president. In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to assume Venezuela's interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

"Russia has to get out".

Two Russian air force planes reportedly landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying almost 100 Russian troops, according to media reports.

"They're upset because we're recouping the money they stole", Guaido said. "All options are open".

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019.

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Due to US-imposed sanctions, Venezuela's overall exports of crude oil and fuel dropped to 920,000 barrels per day in the first month of sanctions, roughly 30 percent less than 1.5 million bpd in the prior three months, according to Refinitiv Eikon and state firm PDVSA data. "Before deciding the fate of another country I advise fulfilling promises made to the worldwide community". The 100 officers, one official said, came to Venezuela to prop up President Maduro's embattled regime and secure investments.

"We're going to continue in the streets", Guaido said soon after Amoroso's speech was aired on state TV.

"The crisis is serious", she told Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

"I fear for my husband's life", she said.

"They are trying to break our morale". "They are involved in the implementation of agreements in the sphere of military and technical cooperation", said Zakharova.

Trump was also asked whether he has communicated that Russian Federation should leave of Venezuela through national security adviser John Bolton or through the United Nations.

  • Sonia Alvarado