Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

White House, Kremlin face off over future of Venezuela's Maduro

White House, Kremlin face off over future of Venezuela's Maduro

Resolutions at the Security Council, which are legally binding, must garner nine votes and no vetoes from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - to be adopted.

"If he wants to win their vote he has to do something about Venezuela".

Fresh from a trip to South America to announce new sanctions against the Venezuelan leadership, Vice President Mike Pence dismissed an idea floated by the Venezuelan foreign minister that President Donald Trump and Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro meet.

The US has called on Maduro, president since 2013 after succeeding the late Hugo Chávez, to stand down after claiming his 2018 snap election win was marred by vote-rigging.

The U.S. draft asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help ensure there is a free, fair and credible presidential election with worldwide observers.

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Brazil and Colombia are Guaido allies that have been holding humanitarian aid the National Assembly speaker wants to bring into Venezuela.

The U.S. representation at the United Nations announced Wednesday it will present tomorrow to the Security Council a draft resolution on Venezuela, in which it insists on delivering humanitarian aid.

The document would also ask Security Council member nations to note "the constitutional authority of the democratically elected National Assembly" and "provide appropriate amnesties for civil and military officials in support of the National Assembly in the restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela".

"When each country handles the Venezuelan issue, we should.uphold the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, oppose the use or threat of military force, and uphold the standards of basic global relations", he added. Similarly, Maduro suggested Tuesday that Juan Guaido must face trial after his return to Venezuela from Colombia, where he traveled in defiance of the travel ban imposed earlier by the Venezuelan Supreme Court. The other Latin American countries and Canada, who also want to see new internationally supervised elections in Venezuela, are urging for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in a defiant interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday, said the USA government is fabricating a crisis to start a war in South America and Maduro does not trust "the people that are around" President Donald Trump.

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