Venezuela: Juan Guaido barred from leaving by Supreme Court

Venezuela: Juan Guaido barred from leaving by Supreme Court

Venezuela: Juan Guaido barred from leaving by Supreme Court

The measures triggered higher global oil prices, angry responses from China and Russian Federation and the first serious moves against Mr Guaido since he challenged Mr Maduro's claim on the presidency last week.

Mr Maduro, meanwhile, gathered with troops and, in a message directed at the United States, said he would not allow another Vietnam.

Guaido, president of the National Assembly legislature, accuses Maduro of being a "usurper" over his reelection last May.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

With the crisis deepening a showdown between Washington and Moscow across various global flashpoints, Maduro also expressed "pleasure and gratitude" for Putin's help. "If the USA intends to invade us, they will have a Vietnam worse than they can imagine".

Maduro made the offer earlier Wednesday during an interview with Russia's RIA news agency, saying he is willing to sit down at the negotiating table "for the good of Venezuela".

The United States, Australia and several other countries have recognised Mr Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state and denounced Mr Maduro as a usurper.

Maduro also claimed that US President Donald Trump had ordered the government of Colombia to assassinate him.

"Donald Trump has without doubt given an order to kill me and has told the government of Colombia and the Colombian mafia to kill me", Maduro said, reprising a constant accusation of his and Chavez's over the years. The White House said Trump and Juan Guaido, the opposition leader trying to replace socialist Maduro, agreed to maintain regular communication after Venezuelan authorities opened an investigation that could lead to Guaido's arrest.

"Let me reiterate - there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido", Trump advisor John Bolton tweeted.

Both Saab and the Supreme Court are aligned with the embattled Maduro.

"We must take to the street", he said.

The UN human rights office said security forces in Venezuela had detained almost 700 people in one day last week amid anti-government protests - the highest such tally in a single day in the country in at least 20 years.

On Monday, the USA imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, that could potentially deprive the Maduro government of 11 billion U.S. dollars in export revenues over the next year.

The president said that he would like them to support the dialogue in Venezuela.

Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who is president of the National Assembly, has been recognized as president by the United States and most Western Hemisphere nations. The opposition argues Maduro's re-election last May was a sham.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro flashes the V-sign next to Commandant of the Armed Forces Strategic Command Operations Remigio Ceballos (left) during a military rally with the personnel in the Redi Capital and the Superior General Staff of the FANB at Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas, on January 30, 2019.

Describing himself as an admirer of United States history, Maduro said that he hopes that reasonable USA citizens will prevail, adding that America "is a great country, and it is much more than Donald Trump".

The anti-Maduro protests on Wednesday were far smaller than the massive outpouring over the weekend, and the government repression in recent days may have discouraged a broader attendance.

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