Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russia's Gazprombank - document, sources

12 February, 2019, 02:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Juan Guaido who has appointed himself interim president speaks to supporters in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.                     Image DPA  PA Images

A group of Venezuelan doctors demonstrated on the Colombian side of the border on Sunday as they demanded President Nicolas Maduro's government allow humanitarian aid into their country.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10 when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Guaido on Friday refused to rule out the possibility of authorising United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis. Maduro still retains the crucial backing of the country's military top brass, who control the repressive apparatus created to protect the regime's authority and crush political dissidents by force.

Guaido's envoy to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said she had received assurances from Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo over the new aid centre.

The sanctions gave US oil companies working in Venezuela, including Chevron and oil service firms Halliburton Co HAL.N , General Electric Co's Baker Hughes BHGE.N and Schlumberger NV SLB.N , a deadline to halt all operations in the South American country.

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"They are going inside Venezuela and they will have food and drugs". They have not yet announced how they plan for the aid to enter if the military does not consent.

Suffering the worst crisis of its modern history, Venezuelans have had to grapple with life-threatening scarcities amid eye-popping levels of hyperinflation that have rendered salaries and savings worthless.

An worldwide Contact Group, made up of European and Latin American countries, called for snap presidential elections following a meeting in Montevideo this week.

Over recent weeks, millions of Venezuelans have rallied around their president, Juan Guaidó, recognized by the US and dozens of democracies around the world as the nation's legitimate leader following his constitutionally approved inauguration on January 23.



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