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Supreme Court bars Guaido from leaving Venezuela, freezes accounts

Supreme Court bars Guaido from leaving Venezuela, freezes accounts

In the video, apparently shot within the lavish confines of Caracas's Miraflores palace and featuring a European-style fountain in the background, Maduro claims that the socialist Venezuelan regime is "democratic" and that images of Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) troops loyal to him beating, torturing, and killing unarmed dissidents were "doctored".

"I won 68 percent of the vote", he told RIA. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned that any harm to Guaido or the National Assembly he presides over would be considered a "grave assault" and be met with a "significant response", without specifying.

Venezuela's economy is already ravaged by hyperinflation and widespread food and medical shortages that have driven millions of people to leave the country.

Guaido, who the U.S. State Department has determined to have authority over the nation's accounts at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and other U.S. -insured banks, has yet to respond to the call for negotiations.

The sanctions are likely to hit daily life hard in Venezuela, where public spending is nearly entirely funded by oil.

He admitted that Venezuela faces a plethora of problems, "as any other country" and said Venezuelans can "solve them by ourselves", without any outside meddling.

On Monday, the USA hit Venezuela's state-owned oil company with sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on Maduro to leave office.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek Saab sought the preliminary investigation of Guaido on the basis that he had helped foreign countries interfere in internal matters.

Mr Maduro still has the support of the top military brass and is unlikely to back down unless that changes.

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Russian Federation has loaned and invested billions of dollars in Venezuela, and sources told Reuters private military contractors who do secret missions for Moscow were in Venezuela.

Guaido, who has the support of the United States, and several countries in the region, joined the protests outside the University Hospital of Venezuela's Central University where students chanted, "Guaido is here, Guaido is here and hope comes with him". He said one member of Venezuela's Bolivarian national guard was reportedly killed in the state of Monagas.

Bogota and Washington have routinely denied that, while foes say Maduro uses such accusations as a smokescreen when in trouble.

Violent street demonstrations erupted last week after Guaido declared during a huge opposition rally in Caracas that he had assumed presidential powers under the constitution and planned to hold fresh elections to end Maduro's "dictatorship".

The UN's human rights office said on Tuesday that protests had so far killed at least 40 people and seen hundreds detained.

Maduro does not provide any evidence that the USA government has control of the oil industries in either of those countries.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was ready to hold negotiations with the US-backed Opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that a group of military deserters fled to Colombia in order to conspire to sow discord in the Venezuelan armed forces.