Venezuela's Guaido expresses concern over Greek position

Venezuela Abandons Demand That U.S. Diplomats Leave

The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA on Monday in the latest effort to ramp up pressure on the country's President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido was recognized as the legitimate interim president by a number of countries, including the United States, which has slapped tough economic sanctions on the Maduro regime. "Venezuela wants peace. and to guarantee peace, we have to be prepared", Maduro said.

Even though the Venezuelan military has shown no sign of abandoning Maduro, Bolton said: "Our assessment based on numerous contacts on the ground is that the rank and file of the Venezuelan military is acutely aware of the desperate economic conditions in the country and we think they look for ways to support the National Assembly government".

Maduro called Pompeo "a warlord" who speaks with "a lot of despair and hate" in an interview with CNN-Turk on Saturday after the USA secretary spoke.

The 35-year-old leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly also called on people from across Venezuela and from "all over the world" to hold mass demonstrations on Saturday to coincide with a European Union ultimatum for fresh elections, which has been rejected by Maduro.

The U.S. announced sanctions against Venezuela amid its political crisis.

"The United States has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American countries", said the senator.

Despite taking the hard line that outside interference is behind the political turmoil in his country, Mr Maduro said he was open to sitting down with his rivals.

Opposition demonstrators clash with security forces during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship, in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 23, 2019.

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"We are waiting for you and the commitment you have to our constitution", Guaido said at a Sunday news conference.

Venezuelan oil exports to the US have declined steadily over the years, falling particularly sharply over the past decade as its production plummeted amid its long economic and political crisis.

Mr Guaido claims he is entitled to the presidency on the basis that President Nicolas Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent.

Maduro also described a demand by officials from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom that he call an election within eight days or else lose their support as an "ultimatum", adding that "all of Europe is bowing down to Donald Trump".

The U.S.is betting it has the clout to tip the scales after Trump's decision to recognize Guaido was joined by countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Panama.

Mr Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013 and has the support of the armed forces, has refused to stand down and rejected an worldwide ultimatum to call elections within eight days.

On Saturday, Venezuela's military attaché in Washington, Col. José Luis Silva Silva said he stands with Guaido.

Both Russia and China are major creditors of Venezuela.

Maduro earlier gave USA diplomats until late on Saturday to leave Venezuela.

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