United States senators introduce bill on the crisis in Venezuela

Geraldine Edwards
April 7, 2019

On March 29, John Bolton, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said commenting on the arrival of Russian warplanes to Venezuela that the United States warned any nation external to the Western Hemisphere against deploying military assets there and that Washington would consider "such provocative actions as a direct threat to global peace and security in the region".

Meanwhile, the Kremlin insisted the military specialists were in the region to service pre-existing contracts for the supply of Russian arms.

"We are aware of that", Guaido said.

Meanwhile, classes resumed in Venezuela's schools on Wednesday after two major national blackouts left frustrated parents struggling to entertain their children and forced the education ministry to extend the school year.

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Guaido - whose claim is recognized by over 50 countries - had earlier expressed fears of being abducted by government agents following a request by the Supreme Court to the Constituent Assembly to lift his parliamentary immunity.

"[Guaido's prosecution] is officially authorized", Cabello, who is also Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's right-hand man, said following the Constituent Assembly vote.

Tensions over Venezuela won't escalate into a new Caribbean Crisis or turn the country into "a second Syria", Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov has assured, bashing the United States for treating the Western Hemisphere as its backyard.

Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House's National Economic Council, disclosed the outlines of the plan on Wednesday as he called on Maduro to step aside and allow Juan Guaido, the opposition leader whom the United States recognises as Venezuela's interim president, to take office, reports The New York Times.

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"The federal government condemns the withdrawal of Juan Guaido's immunity by the so-called Constituent Assembly".

Larry Kudlow told reporters that Washington is already working with banks and the International Monetary Fund on a rebuilding plan to revitalize the country's crushed economy and said that, when the time comes, "we will be moving as fast as we can". The defiant leader added "the country's military units have been put on alert" with an increase in "intelligence and counterintelligence activities".

On Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of USA senators introduced legislation to authorize $400 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

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