Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's one-on-one interview on FBN's 'Trish Regan Primetime'

US announces new sanctions against Venezuela

Driving the crisis was Mr Maduro's decision to ignore global opposition and take the presidential oath on January 10 for a second term widely considered illegitimate after his main opponents were banned from running against him.

The White House has said Maduro lost legitimacy after an election previous year condemned as rigged by the United States and many other governments around the world.

"If the aim of the United States is to invade, they'll have a Vietnam worse than can be imagined".

On Wednesday, Maduro rejected calls for a snap presidential election as blackmail, and reiterated he was ready for talks with the opposition and possible third country mediation, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Despite the tensions with Trump, Maduro said he still welcomes USA investment in oil, gas, tourism, technology, gold and diamonds. Other countries, including Russian Federation, support President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro, sworn in on January 10 for a second term after elections previous year, accuses Guaido of staging a USA -directed coup against him. 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.

In response to news earlier of the attorney general's plan, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned of "serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido", in a tweet that described Saab as the "illegitimate former Venezuelan Attorney General".

"What I asked President Putin is to maintain constant contact, provide support at the diplomatic and political levels at the United Nations and defend the truth of Venezuela internationally", he said.

Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, speaks with the media upon his arrival to National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 29, 2019.

He said that in political struggles, "those who are disadvantaged are us: the people".

More than eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose worldwide intervention, both military and non-military, in their country, as well as the crippling sanctions imposed by the United States to force leftist President Nicolás Maduro out of power.

He said the certification would "help Venezuela's legitimate government safeguard those assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people".

A lack of export pipeline capacity means Canada will not be able to boost shipments to take advantage of us sanctions against Venezuela's national oil company, analysts say.

The flight, operated by Russia's Nordwind Airlines, left Venezuela at 4.52 pm local time (2152 GMT), a Reuters witness said.

Guaido is head of the opposition-controlled congress and declared himself the nation's rightful president under the constitution last week, hurling the nation into a new chapter of uncertainty.

Trump's national security advisor Bolton called Monday for Venezuela's security forces "to accept the peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power". The opposition argues Maduro's re-election last May was a sham.

He says, "Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice".

"If something happens to me one day, Donald Trump and Colombian President Ivan Duque will bear responsibility", Maduro said of his right-wing foes.

More than 40 people are believed to have been killed in political violence last week, including 26 shot by pro-Government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

"A campaign has been prepared to justify a coup d'etat in Venezuela, which has been prepared, financed and supported actively by the Donald Trump administration", Maduro says in the four minute video.

Regarding the widespread food shortages and near-total lack of medicine in the country, Maduro told Americans that "problems arise [in Venezuela] every day like they do anywhere else".

Sorbay Pailla said she last heard from her husband, retired National Guard Col. Oswaldo Garcia Palomo, on Sunday after he entered the country clandestinely from Colombia.

Elliott Abrams, the State Department's newly appointed envoy for Venezuela, said the crisis appears to have exacerbated divisions within the Venezuelan military.

Whether they support the United States sanctions or not, Venezuelans interviewed by AFP agreed on one thing: with a devastated economy, hyperinflation the International Monetary Fund predicts will reach 10 million percent in 2019 and shortages of food and medicines, this will only make things worse.

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