Russian Federation urges USA to stop interfering in Venezuela

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido center arrives for a rally in Caracas Venezuela Thursday

He added that the opposition lied when it said it was not in dialogue with the government.

The United States has encouraged Maduro to step down to make way for Juan Guaido, the interim president recognized by western democracies.

"As we scale up our operations, we can count on the committed Venezuelan Red Cross volunteers to reach people in need, whoever they are and wherever they are, with health care as the priority", said Mr Rocca.

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets on Saturday to voice their anger at the patchy power supply, shortage of basic foods and the government of Nicolas Maduro.

The leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly has previously rejected the idea of negotiations with Maduro, saying his embattled adversary must resign immediately so that elections can be held.

On Saturday morning, anti-riot police used tear gas to disperse several small groups of opposition supporters, including in areas where government loyalists were active.

Interim Venezuela first lady Fabiana Rosales told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the crisis in Venezuela is a matter of "life or death" and "liberty or dictatorship", according to a translation from Spanish.

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A Chinese plane, meanwhile, arrived at the country's main airport, carrying what Venezuelan officials said was a 65-ton cargo of medical supplies.

Maduro has responded to Guaido's sharp criticisms with his own tough language, describing him as a "diabolical puppet" attempting to execute a coup plot on behalf of the United States, which has imposed sanctions on Venezuela.

"The distribution has to be neutral", he said.

Abrams nonetheless said the Red Cross assistance was no substitute for toppling Maduro.

Maduro retains control of state functions and the country's military.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Friday it was prepared to channel humanitarian aid to Venezuela through an operation that could be similar to one in Syria, potentially helping ease chronic hunger and disease in the South American nation.

The first blackout in early March shuttered the Jose oil port-Venezuela's largest-after the Guri dam hydropower plant, supposedly responsible for supplying almost 80% of the country with power, went offline. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the House Armed Services Committee earlier this week his office is studying the issue but framed a potential response as focused on humanitarian support to the U.S. Agency for International Development or the State Department, and perhaps based outside Venezuela.

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