Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

U.S. Congress won't support military intervention in Venezuela: Engel

U.S. Congress won't support military intervention in Venezuela: Engel

Most Western countries, including the United States, have recognised Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, but Maduro retains the backing of Russian Federation and China as well as control of state institutions including the military.

President Iván Duque (L) of Colombia meets with US President Donald Trump at the United Nations in NY 25 September 2018. But while the USA, the European Union and most countries in the western hemisphere support Guaido, Maduro can still count on the support of Russian Federation and China.

Maduro accuses the United States of using the blocked aid shipments as pretext for an invasion.

"With respect to the new sanctions on PDVSA, I appreciate the need to squeeze Maduro", Engel said.

"We're trying to get food to people that are starving".

Trump's hawkish national security advisor John Bolton on Wednesday tweeted that "Maduro would rather stand for tyranny than. accept aid for the Venezuelan people".

The Venezuelan crisis escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president during an anti-government rally on January 23, alleging that the government of President Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate.

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At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on February 23.

A change in government in Venezuela would favour the country's two main foreign creditors, Russian Federation and China, Guaido said in an interview last month. "We have nearly 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn't enter", he added.

The humanitarian crisis and Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule has diminished his support internationally.

Guaido's team has also met with Brazilian officials to set up a second aid storage center on that border.

But Maduro has so far resisted, portraying himself in the mold of historic Latin American anti-imperialist leaders.

Congress will not support USA military intervention in Venezuela despite comments hinting at such involvement by President Donald Trump, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday.

Venezuela has the world's biggest oil reserves but its once-thriving economy has fallen into ruin under the long-running leftist government.

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