"I am sure that if we meet and talk, there will be a completely different story", Maduro said, adding that such a meeting, however, is unlikely to happen because Trump's team will do everything to prevent it.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro flashes the V-sign next to Commandant of the Armed Forces Strategic Command Operations Remigio Ceballos (left) during a military rally with the personnel in the Redi Capital and the Superior General Staff of the FANB at Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas, on January 30, 2019.
Fuel in Venezuela is practically free: one dollar can buy more than 300 million liters of fuel but only a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of onions.
More than 40 people are believed to have been killed in political violence last week, including 26 shot by pro-Government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.
In Washington, Trump's national security advisor warned of "serious consequences" if any harm comes to the Venezuelan opposition leader. Announcing the investigation, the travel ban and the financial restrictions, Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno, a major Maduro ally, said the decision was taken expressly to "protect the integrity of the country".
Colombia on Wednesday barred entry to more than 200 people linked to Maduro's regime.
USA military invention is seen in Washington as highly unlikely, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly said "all options are on the table".
"Do you want to be a coward?" he yelled in a call and response session with hundreds of soldiers on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, The United States slapped oil sanctions on Maduro's regime in an attempt to starve the government of its funding.Читайте также: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Reunite for a Surprise "Shallow" Performance
The court move came after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton warned that the Maduro government would face "serious consequences" if Mr Guaido is harmed.
In an interview with the German daily Bild, Guaido called on European Union countries to impose additional sanctions on Maduro's government. "I only ask for respect for Venezuela and I need your support to avoid a war like Vietnam".
Guaido said on Twitter that with every demonstration, the country was approaching its deserved freedom and urgent humanitarian aid.
On Wednesday, Maduro rejected calls for a snap presidential election as blackmail, and reiterated he was ready for talks with the opposition and possible third country mediation, Russia's RIA news agency reported. One protester said they've had enough of an oppressive regime under President Nicolas Maduro.
As for Venezuela's relations with Russia, Maduro thanked President Vladimir Putin for always supporting Venezuela.
As a politician who heads the National Assembly, Mr Guaido has immunity from prosecution unless ordered by a top court.
Elections would merely give Maduro the chance to regain control of the National Assembly.
Despite an offer of amnesty to those who disavow the socialist leader, the military high command remains loyal to Maduro. The opposition argues Maduro's re-election last May was a sham.
The protests were called to coincide with an historic date for Venezuelans, the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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