Venezuela's Juan Guaido barred from public office for 15 years

Posted March 29, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump today called on Russian Federation to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen. "All options are open".

"The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido", he said in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian Federation should pull back its presence in Venezuela, a day after Russian Federation defended its position on this issue.

"Before giving advice to somebody to withdraw from somewhere, the United States should bring to life its own concept of exodus, particularly from Syria", Zakharova said, speaking on Russia's state Channel One, TASS agency quoted her as saying.

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"The crisis is serious", she told Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Russia had sent a team of specialists to Venezuela discuss military cooperation at the request of the government in Caracas.

In Venezuela's recent political crisis, many European and South American nations, as well as the U.S., are supporting Mr Guaido's stake in the presidency.

The United States and most Western countries have backed Guaido while Russia, China and Cuba are among those that have continued to support Maduro, who retains control of Venezuela's state institutions, including the military.

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"We call on Russian Federation today to cease all support of the Maduro regime and stand with Juan Guaido and stand with nations across this hemisphere and across the world until freedom is restored".

"Our message very simply is: We're with you", Pence said.

Rosales is also slated to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the Venezuelan diaspora at a prominent Washington think tank. Trump said. "Venezuela was a country with tremendous potential and is still a country with tremendous potential".

At the White House, Ms Rosales said the Maduro regime was "trying to break our morale".

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The probe was opened in January after the 35-year-old lawmaker invoked Venezuela's charter to launch an interim government and kicked off a wave of national protests after Maduro began another six-year term following 2018 elections that were widely regarded as rigged.