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USA talking to Venezuela's Maduro regime over embassy: envoy

USA talking to Venezuela's Maduro regime over embassy: envoy

The United States has already sanctioned Venezuela's state oil company and blocked its assets in the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó will sit down with FOX Business' Trish Regan tonight for an exclusive one-on-one interview since the United States announced its support for the interim president.

In a joint statement, the two countries said the planned meeting, set on February 7, aims to gather representatives of countries and worldwide organizations with neutral position on Venezuela.

"We stand ready to continue to take action". The Central Bank did not respond to a request for comment.

The U.N. human rights office says security forces in Venezuela detained almost 700 people in just one day of anti-government protests last week and that more than 40 people were killed.

Mr Maduro's inauguration sparked protests throughout Venezuela.

Russian Federation along with Turkey, Iran, Cuba, Bolivia and El Salvador back Maduro.

Maduro created a rival legislature - the Constituent Assembly - made up exclusively of his supporters.

USA efforts to block Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's access to money and oil markets are pressing the authoritarian leader to sit down at the negotiating table, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.




"Let's no permit a new Vietnam in Venezuela", he added. Government officials insist the next presidential election will be in 2025.

Nevertheless, Guaido has called for more protests on Wednesday and a mass march on the weekend. "It´s going to have a dramatic effect", Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor of global and Public Affairs at Columbia University, said of the sanctions.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country since its turn to socialism under former President Hugo Chavez. One went to Peru and another to the Dominican Republic. More than 40 people have died so far in and around the protests that began a week ago, the United Nations human rights office said. Hundreds have also been arrested, including children.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump and Guaido also committed to maintaining "regular communication to support Venezuela's path back to stability, and to rebuild the bilateral relationship" between the two countries. He ordered the creation of 50,000 popular defense units, community groups he said would be charged with the "integral defense of the fatherland".

Oil prices rose almost 3 percent on Wednesday, as investors remained concerned about supply disruptions.

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 in export revenues over the next year. Two French reporters have been detained and two Chilean journalists were deported Wednesday.

Guaido said in an interview with CNN in Spanish on Monday that Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress had approved a measure asking foreign nations to ensure the country's assets aren't "looted" by Maduro. He says Maduro fraudulently won elections a year ago and is offering an amnesty to military officials.

"Do you want a puppet of the gringos to govern Venezuela?"

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