Venezuelan foreign minister calls for Maduro-Trump summit

Venezuelan foreign minister calls for Maduro-Trump summit

Russian Federation and the US have opposed each other when it comes to the crisis in Venezuela. In order to pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and none of the five permanent members - the United Kingdom, the U.S., Russia, France and China - can oppose. Guaido last month declared himself the interim head of state.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov repeated Moscow's assertion that the United States was using aid deliveries as a pretext to carry out military action in Venezuela.

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green, who travelled with Pence to Colombia, told members of Congress on Wednesday that approximately 195 metric tons of crucial relief supplies, including emergency medical kits, food aid, hygiene kits and nutritional supplies, are ready to be delivered. It was unclear if Russian Federation planned to put its text to a vote as well.

It expresses support for "the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela" and requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres broker a deal on holding fresh elections.

The Venezuelan people have yet to be allowed access to the aid being flown and driven into the country and in late February 2019, conflict broke out between protesters and Maduro's military. He then met with members of the Lima Group, a bloc of nations from Argentina to Canada, on Monday in Bogota.

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Guaido over the weekend called for the global community to make clear all options were on the table to oust Maduro, after security forces loyal to him violently drove back the opposition's attempts to bring humanitarian aid into the country.

Four people died in clashes over the weekend on Venezuela's borders during a bid by Guaido to defy Maduro and bring in humanitarian aid to help Venezuelans enduring a dire economic crisis.

Venezuela's foreign minister suggested on Wednesday a meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and US President Donald Trump to "try to find common ground and explain their differences".

At a council meeting on Tuesday, US envoy Elliott Abrams said his government was "deeply concerned" about Guaido's safety after Maduro said in an interview that the opposition leader would have to face justice when he returns from Colombia.

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