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Venezuelans not 'beggars,' give humanitarian aid to Colombians: Nicolas Maduro

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Venezuelans not 'beggars,' give humanitarian aid to Colombians: Nicolas Maduro

The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.

"It's not military intervention - it's global humanitarian intervention", Medina added, noting that his grandfather was president of Venezuela during World War II and opposed the Nazis.

"As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach".

White House officials have clarified the USA objective in Venezuela is the peaceful transfer of power.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has been recognized by the U.S.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that he would not allow "fake" humanitarian aid to enter the country.

Leftist-led Bolivia also refused to support snap presidential elections in Venezuela.

Maduro, who enjoys the support of China and Russian Federation, rebuffed calls to let the aid into the country on Friday, local time, in a dueling news conference in Caracas.

Accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales, center right, Venezuela's self proclaimed president Juan Guaido, arrives for a meet with university students at the Central University of Venezuela, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Previous rounds have targeted dozens of Venezuelan military and government officials, including Maduro himself, and last month finally hit the OPEC member's vital oil sector.

Elliot Abrams, the new U.S. envoy on the Venezuelan crisis, said that Washington was revoking the visas of an unspecified number of members of the Constituent Assembly.

China says peaceful dialogue and political means are the "only way" toward enduring peace in Venezuela and says it backs multinational efforts toward that end.

Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela is in a historic crisis after 20 years of socialist rule launched by the late President Hugo Chavez.

They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela - they say, as they said then - in the name of democracy and freedom.

Representatives of the European Union and a group of Latin American governments met in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Thursday to discuss the crisis.

Trump said last month that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Maduro.

With the Venezuelan military still apparently loyal to Maduro, a source in Washington close to the opposition expressed doubts whether the Trump administration has laid enough groundwork to spur a wider mutiny in the ranks where many officers are suspected of benefiting from corruption and drug trafficking.

"You don't listen to the truth in Venezuela". Well for your information, Venezuela does not give up!

Still, he said, rank-and-file soldiers were starving "just like the population" of Venezuela.

Venezuela is already experiencing mass hunger, and is likely to experience even greater difficulty importing food thanks to stepped-up US sanctions.

Maduro argues Venezuela isn't a nation of "beggars" and has long rejected receiving humanitarian assistance, equating it to a foreign intervention.

"When we see the present stand-off it becomes even more clear that serious political negotiations between the parties are necessary to find a solution leading to lasting peace for the people of Venezuela", Dujarric continued.

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