Venezuela turns to Russian Federation for help as crisis deepens

Venezuela turns to Russian Federation for help as crisis deepens

Resolutions at the Security Council, which are legally binding, must garner nine votes to be adopted, with no vetoes from the five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

The United States immediately recognized Guaido, and around 50 other countries followed suit.

Russian Federation and China vetoed a USA -drafted U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a free and fair presidential election in Venezuela and unhindered aid access.

The Russia measure, which expresses "concern over the threats to use force" against Venezuela, is unlikely to garner the nine votes necessary for adoption, United Nations diplomats say.

The United States has led a campaign for global recognition of Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the country's elected National Assembly, over President Nicholas Maduro.

On Wednesday, the United States put forward a measure that would call for presidential elections to end the political standoff and unimpeded deliveries of aid to ease shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela.

The crisis turned violent over the weekend when four people died in clashes at Venezuela's borders during an attempt led by Guaido to bring in humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table in dealing with Venezuela, although Abrams has denied Russian accusations that Washington is preparing to intervene militarily.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that getting aid into Venezuela to assist millions of people in need of basic necessities remains hard.

Guaido arrived early Thursday in capital city Brasilia. He spoke en route to the Philippines from this week's summit in Vietnam between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Russian Federation and China vetoed on Thursday a US push for the United Nations Security Council to call for free and fair presidential elections in Venezuela and unhindered aid access.

"We are hopeful that over the next couple of weeks, we can really begin to make a dent in that problem", Pompeo said.

A defiant return by Guaido to steer protests against Maduro would test the resolve of a government that says the 35-year-old head of Venezuela's National Assembly left the country illegally. "My role and my duty is to be in Caracas, despite the risks and regardless of what that implies". Maduro told ABC News this week that the United States is fabricating a crisis to justify military intervention in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will have talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday.

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