Russian Federation accuses Colombia of trying to provoke civil war in Venezuela

Russian Federation accuses Colombia of trying to provoke civil war in Venezuela

Maduro loyalists stripped Venezuela's Juan Guaido of immunity Tuesday, paving the way for the opposition leader's prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president.

Venezuelan security forces have detained Guaido's chief of staff, but had yet to move directly against the opposition leader, whose claim to be interim president is backed by dozens of countries that say Maduro's reelection a year ago was rigged.

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido delivers a speech during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas on April 2, 2019.

Colombia on Tuesday rejected a Russian warning against foreign military intervention in Venezuela and said it supported a peaceful transition to democracy in the neighboring South American country.

But whether Maduro's regime will take action against the 35-year-old lawmaker remains unclear.

"But the price of oil around the world has been quite low for some time, quite competitive for some time, and we're just going to continue to stand firm and bring even more pressure on this regime", he said.

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The Constituent Assembly's president, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Tuesday lawmakers had unanimously authorized the Supreme Court to prosecute Guaido, also leaving him liable to be charged for breaching a January 29 government ban on leaving the country.

Guaido's worldwide backers, chiefly the Trump administration, have warned Venezuelan authorities not to touch him and threatened ever harsher sanctions against the Maduro administration to further cut it off from foreign financing.

"Under normal circumstances, this request would have been sent to the National Assembly, but at present it is non-existent as a functioning state body", he said. Officials have jailed his chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, and accused him of involvement in a "terrorist" scheme to overthrow the government.

Mr Maduro's government also barred Mr Guaido from holding public office for 15 years for allegedly hiding or falsifying data in his sworn statement of assets. "This seems like an attempt to test the waters, weighing how the global community would react to detaining Guaido, " Ramsey said.

Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, has been engaged in a power struggle with Maduro since January, when he declared himself president and was immediately recognized by the United States and dozens of other countries.

The March touchdown near Caracas of two Russian air force planes carrying some 100 Russian special forces and cyber-security personnel has raised global concerns about Moscow's backing for Maduro.