Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Venezuela's Guaido begins journey home from Ecuador

Venezuela's Guaido begins journey home from Ecuador

On Friday, department Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the latest sanctions are targeting Venezuelan officials, who are blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country.

The sanctions are in response to the blocking of humanitarian aid convoys last week while the visa revocations on "numerous" individuals are meant to punish people who have flourished amid the South American country's dire economic crisis, Elliott Abrams, the special representative for Venezuela, told reporters.

Those being sanctioned include National Guard Commander Richard Lopez along with police and military officials based near the Colombian or Brazilian borders.

"I'm announcing my return home from Ecuador", Guaido said after meeting its president, Lenin Moreno.

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him.

"We are sanctioning members of Maduro's security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans", he said.

Guaido had announced that last weekend's attempt to deliver USA -supplied humanitarian aid from Colombia into Venezuela would be politically decisive, but Maduro called the aid part of a scheme to overthrow his government.

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'Any measure that could put at risk Juan Guaido's freedom, safety or personal integrity would represent a major escalation of tensions and meet the firm condemnation of the worldwide community, ' he said.

Venezuela's National Assembly declared Maduro a usurper in January and invoked the constitution to hand the interim presidency to Guaido.

US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told reporters during a press briefing on Friday that Washington is concerned about Guaido's ability to return to the country and warns about a major global reaction in case of the self-proclaimed president's arrest.

His claim has since been recognised by 50 countries, including the United States, but Maduro - bolstered by Russia's support - has denounced Washington for attempting to foment a coup d'etat.

Venezuela is undergoing "a frontal offensive and a shameless interference" in its internal affairs, and Russian Federation categorically opposes such attempts and upholds the ideals, norms and principles of the UN Charter, Lavrov said.

Lavrov added that Moscow is prepared to hold bilateral talks with the United States on the Venezuela issue. Russia will make every effort to prevent military intervention in Venezuela, Russia's Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told a meeting with Venezuela's Executive Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez, who is paying a working visit to Moscow.

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