Maduro offers to negotiate with opposition amid Venezuela crisis

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Venezuela owes Russian Federation $3 billion and has been paying back about $100 million twice a year, Storchak said, with the next installment due in March.

Al-Hakim said: "We are conducting limited air and land operations in coordination with the Syrian side".

France, the United States, and a host of Latin American countries have recognised him as the country's legitimate leader, however, Maduro still has the key support of the country's military.

Maduro, who accuses Guaido of staging a US -directed coup against him, still has the support of the top military brass, and is unlikely to back down unless that changes. In fact they are totally out of commission and have been importing their products from the United States, he observed.

The US has thrown its weight behind opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself as Venezuela's new president.

Russian Federation is ready to participate in global efforts regarding the settlement of the Venezuelan crisis, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

He also accused Trump of ordering a hit on him from Colombia but offered no proof.

At least 40 people are believed to have been killed in recent violence in Venezuela, including 26 shot by pro-government forces and 11 during looting, the United Nations' human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, said on Tuesday, as cited by Reuters.

The court is stacked with Maduro loyalists.

The sanctions announced Monday are created to interrupt the flow of oil money to the government of President Nicolas Maduro, putting pressure on him to step aside and allow opposition leader Juan Guaido to fill in as interim president. On Monday New Zealand's closest neighbour, Australia, recognised Guaidó as Venezuela's president. The ministry said later that Russian Federation expects Venezuela to meet its obligations, according to an emailed statement.

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"I won 68 percent of the vote", he told RIA.

Abrams also said Wednesday that the United States is looking around the world for more assets of the Venezuelan government, including bank accounts and gold holdings. "It belongs to the Venezuelan people".

In remarks televised Monday on state TV, Maduro called the sanctions "criminal" and accused the USA of robbing Venezuelans of oil riches that rightfully belong to them.

Hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicine and failing public services has spread misery, undermining support for a leftist regime that has held power for two decades.

Mr Maduro called the sanctions "criminal" and vowed to challenge the U.S. in court. "Otherwise, we will not be buying it", he said.

"We call on other governments to recognize interim President Juan Guaido and take similar steps to protect Venezuela's patrimony from further theft by Maduro's corrupt regime". The opposition argues Maduro's re-election last May was a sham.

Violent street demonstrations erupted last week after Mr Guaido held a major opposition rally in Caracas and declared that he had assumed presidential powers under the constitution and planned to hold fresh elections to end Mr Maduro's "dictatorship".

On top of that, the U.S. National Security adviser John Bolton tweeted on Wednesday, warning traders not to get involved with Venezuelan gold or oil.

He said more than 850 people were detained between January 21 and January 26, including 77 children, some as young as 12.

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