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Juan Guaido Gets Rock Star Greeting As Rival Factions Rally in Venezuela

31 March 2019

The United States and more than 50 other countries recognise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

The United States on Friday welcomed a Red Cross announcement that it would distribute aid in Venezuela and said it may send assistance through the global organization after Washington's own forceful bid failed.

President Nicolas Maduro in February blocked efforts by political opponents to bring US-backed aid into the country across its borders with neighboring Colombia and Brazil, and has denied the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton issued a second warning on Friday in a strongly worded formal statement.

There has been a considerable amount of cooperation from India on the United States efforts to restrict export of Venezuelan oil, a top American diplomat said Friday as the Trump administration tightened its noose over the authoritarian regime of the Latin American country.

Guaido in February led an effort to bring humanitarian aid into the country via Colombia and Brazil, but troops loyal to Maduro repelled the USA -backed convoys.

Maduro says the United States is trying to overthrow him and counts Russia, China and Cuba as his biggest supporters.

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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) warned about the dangers of the situation in Venezuela for the U.S.

"I would just say that we have options and that I think it would be a mistake for the Russians to think they have a free hand here", Elliott Abrams told reporters Friday at the State Department.

While the scale of the recent blackouts is profound, Venezuela's power blackouts are nothing new, and most experts agree that the blackouts are likely the result of the severe neglect of its infrastructure that has gone on for many years. The scene, and the timing of the aid arrival, projected symbolism for Maduro's government, which counts China and Russian Federation among its allies but has been urged to give up power by the United States and dozens of other countries.

Julio Castro, of the non-profit group Doctors for Health, described the IFRC's aid announcement as an advance but said it did not guarantee success, offering a sports analogy of the sort that is common in the baseball-loving country.

"The kind of aid that is needed for a broad recovery of the Venezuelan economy really can not be put in place until the regime is replaced by democratic government", Abrams said.

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.

When asked by Rep. Salud Carbajal whether the White House intends to use the US military to resolve the situation in Venezuela, Shanahan told the California Democrat, "That's not my understanding".

Juan Guaido Gets Rock Star Greeting As Rival Factions Rally in Venezuela