Venezuela: Moscow offers to broker talks between Maduro and Guaidó

Venezuela: Moscow offers to broker talks between Maduro and Guaidó

Venezuela: Moscow offers to broker talks between Maduro and Guaidó

The Supreme Court's order comes as tensions between the USA and Venezuela reach a new high, with Maduro accusing the Trump administration of staging a coup against his presidency and Guaido seeking to consolidate an interim government under his own leadership.

"We are concerned about what the U.S. and its closest allies are doing with respect to Venezuela, brazenly violating all imaginable norms of global law and actually openly pursuing the policy aimed at overthrowing the legitimate government in that Latin American country", Lavrov said, as quoted by TASS news agency.

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country's Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country's capital of Caracas on January 23. The court also imposed a travel ban on the 35-year-old leader and froze his bank accounts. Guaido is the head of Venezuela's Congress, according to CNBC.

Bogota and Washington both have routinely denied the accusation; however, speculation of military action against Maduro was fueled this week when USA national security adviser John Bolton carried a notepad with the words "5,000 troops to Colombia" when announcing sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company on Monday.

He said Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Russia, the Vatican and several unnamed European countries wanted talks between him and the opposition.

Maduro's inauguration sparked protests throughout Venezuela.

Speaking Tuesday outside the National Assembly, Guaido said he was aware of personal risks.

Juan Guaido has the backing of several countries including the USA and Australia.

"We are here. We will keep acting and working to confront the humanitarian crisis", Guaido told a news conference.

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo took another step to bolster Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, certifying that the National Assembly leader has control over key government bank accounts based in the U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is willing to negotiate with the country's opposition.

The United States, Brazil and some other countries have recognized Guaido's presidency, with US President Donald Trump warning that "all options are on the table".

Still, Venezuela has consistently been the third- or fourth-largest supplier of crude oil to the United States, and any disruption of imports could be costly for refiners.

All oil tankers leaving Venezuelan ports would have to pay for crude before departing, he said. Worth some US$840 million, the gold represents about 20 per cent of its holdings of the metal in Venezuela, the person said.

"Presidential elections in Venezuela have taken place, and if imperialists want new elections let them wait until 2025", he said in an apparent reference to Washington.

A top Russian finance ministry official, meanwhile, warned that Venezuela could have trouble meeting payments under a US$3.15 billion debt-rescheduling deal reached in 2017.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Guaido's designated envoy to the United States on Tuesday. Venezuela's ambassador, Jorge Valero, said the Trump administration was preparing a "military invasion" and questioned whether Washington had the moral authority to "impose a diktat" on Caracas.

OCBC's Mr Lee said: "Oil prices could fall if US-Russia or US-China relations head further south, with both relationships already looking strained in recent times".

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