Venezuela's Guaido to meet Bolsonaro in Brazil

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.

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass. Diplomats said the US draft is likely to gain the minimum nine votes to force a likely Russian veto, while the Russian draft is expected to fail without the need for a USA veto.

More than 50 other countries have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Venezuela has been struck by a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in poverty and chronic shortages of basic necessities such as food and medication.

Russia's draft resolution urges a settlement "through peaceful means" and welcomes calls by Guterres for dialogue, according to the text seen by AFP.

A resolution needs nine votes to pass the council and no vetoes by the permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain.

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Bloody violence erupted at Venezuela's blockaged border last weekend as the country's security forces cracked down on opposition supporters trying to bring aid supplies across the bridge.

Instead, just days after the nationwide protest and less than one month after Guaidó proclaimed himself president, Maduro blocked all humanitarian aid from coming into the country, NPR reports. "Does it keep trying to pile moral pressure on Maduro, or does it conclude the United Nations diplomatic route is dead?"

Fresh from a trip to South America to announce new sanctions against the Venezuelan leadership, Vice President Mike Pence dismissed an idea floated by the Venezuelan foreign minister that President Donald Trump and Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro meet.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro had "no intention of negotiating" but rejected any foreign military intervention in the economically-strapped country.

The Russian draft resolution expresses "concern over the threats to use force" against Venezuela.

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

  • Darren Santiago