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Russia says it is ready to play role in Venezuela crisis talks in Oslo

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Moscow was ready to play a role in talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition in Oslo if the participants felt it was useful. Norway said on Saturday that representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition would…
By 1776 Coalition | Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Venezuela crisis: Guaidó ‘considering asking US for military intervention’

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has said he is considering asking the US to launch a military intervention in the embattled country. Speaking to the BBC’s Nick Bryant, he said he would “evaluate all options” to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Last week he launched a…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, May 6, 2019

Venezuela crisis: Frustrated opposition await next opportunity

Venezuelans woke up to a show of military strength broadcast on national TV after two days of opposition protests. President Nicolás Maduro, surrounded by troops at the Caracas military base, held forth on the theme of absolute loyalty amidst claims that some in the high…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, May 3, 2019

Head of Venezuela’s secret police breaks with Maduro

The head of Venezuela’s feared secret police has turned his back on disputed President Nicolas Maduro in an open letter made public Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Maduro took to Venezuela’s airwaves to proclaim that the uprising sparked by opposition leader Juan Guaidó had been defeated. In…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia

President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cashflow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters. The sales are the latest sign of the…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, April 19, 2019

Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia

President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cashflow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters. The sales are the latest sign of the…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, April 19, 2019

Venezuelan deputy minister says more Russian troops could arrive

Venezuela’s deputy foreign minister Ivan Gil said on Thursday he does not rule out that more Russian military personnel may arrive in Venezuela under agreements already concluded with Russia, Interfax news agency reported. The deputy minister also said Russian forces will stay in Venezuela as…
By 1776 Coalition | Friday, April 5, 2019

Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday. That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, March 25, 2019

GOP turns Venezuela into Florida attack line

Republicans think they have a secret weapon in Florida: Venezuela. The ongoing political and economic crisis in Caracas has emerged as a sort of warning for what Republicans say are the socialist policies — universal health care, high taxes on the wealthy and a Green…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GOP turns Venezuela into Florida attack line

Republicans think they have a secret weapon in Florida: Venezuela. The ongoing political and economic crisis in Caracas has emerged as a sort of warning for what Republicans say are the socialist policies — universal health care, high taxes on the wealthy and a Green…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Venezuela’s Maduro blames US ‘cyberattacks’ for massive power outage as lights slowly turn back on

The embattled Venezuelan government ordered schools and public offices to remain closed Monday — the fifth day of a massive, paralyzing blackout that’s led to ransacked supermarkets, cars flooding the few working gas stations and unconfirmed reports of at least 17 deaths in powerless medical…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, March 11, 2019

Nerves fray, tempers flare as Venezuela blackout hits fourth day

CARACAS, March 10 (Reuters) – Furious Venezuelans lined up to buy water and fuel on Sunday as the country endured a fourth day of a nationwide blackout that has left already-scarce food rotting in shops, homes suffering for lack of water and cell phones without…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, March 11, 2019

Venezuela’s Guaido vows to paralyze public sector to squeeze Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Opposition leader Juan Guaido held talks with Venezuela’s public sector unions on Tuesday about staging strikes to help bring down the government, as President Nicolas Maduro said a “crazed minority” bent on destabilizing the country would be defeated. The strikes would ratchet…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Venezuelan soldiers to guard border ahead of aid entry, minister says

CARACAS, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country’s borders to prevent territorial violations, the defense minister said on Tuesday, ahead of the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid to alleviate an economic crisis. President Nicolas Maduro has rejected offers…
By 1776 Coalition | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Trump to call on Venezuela military officials to ‘work toward democracy’

President Trump will reportedly call on Venezuela’s military officials to support the country’s self-declared interim president, Juan Guaidó, in a speech scheduled to be delivered on Monday afternoon in Miami. In excerpts of the speech obtained by Reuters, Trump urges Venezuela’s top military officials still…
By 1776 Coalition | Monday, February 18, 2019

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