Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United States military intervention in Venezuela not imminent: Bolton

United States military intervention in Venezuela not imminent: Bolton

Russian Federation still recognizes Nicolas Maduro instead of opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Venezuelan president and hopes bilateral cooperation between the two countries will continue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday. "It's time for Maduro to get out of the way", Bolton's tweet said.

The rally was one of many nationwide on Saturday, where demonstrators decked out in the yellow, red and blue of the Venezuelan flag honked horns, pounded on drums and chanted "Guaido, Guaido, Guaido".

The opposition's priority is to end Mr Maduro's grip on power and usher in a transition by holding democratic elections, Mr Guaido said in the letter to Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Gen. Francisco Yanez is the first high ranking officer to leave Maduro's government since January 23, when National Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself the country's legitimate leader.

"But that is not the view of the Turkish government and we are disappointed by that", the official said.

Yanez is refusing to say whether he is still in Venezuela or has left the country.

"They are trying to corner us with ultimatums to force us into an extreme situation of confrontation", Maduro said.

The military's support is crucial for Maduro, who is deeply unpopular, largely due to an unprecedented economic crisis that has prompted an exodus of millions.

Asked whether he has had any talks with Maduro, Guaido said simply: "No".

Guaido has turned down offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with Maduro.

"I agree that the legislative power of the country be re-legitimized and that we hold free elections with guarantees, and the people choose a new National Assembly", Maduro said at a pro-government demonstration in Caracas.

"We don't just want you to stop shooting at protesters", Guaido said in a hoarse voice.

In Washington, US President Donald Trump warned that military intervention remains "an option" for dealing with the crisis in oil-rich but impoverished Venezuela.

"Being here now at this moment, we see hope finally", she said, speaking through a translator.

"Here in Britain and Europe we can not determine the outcome of what happens in Venezuela".

Earlier, European lawmakers recognized Guaido as the acting head of state - another step forward in his bid to force out the socialist leader who has presided over the oil-rich country's economic collapse.

Protesters marched in Caracas on Wednesday calling for Maduro to stand down.

The bloc did not come out in support of Guaido after a meeting of foreign ministers in Bucharest, Romania, to discuss the crisis, but European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced the establishment of a 90-day worldwide conduct group with European Union and Latin American states to "promote common understanding aiming at a peaceful and democratic outcome".

Analysts warn that the efforts are also risky, potentially leading to a schism within the Venezuelan military that could lead to open fighting and a broad civil war.

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