New poll shows Venezuelans overwhelmingly oppose military intervention and USA sanctions

Venezuela's Guaido expresses concern over Greek position | News

Maduro is backed by a number of countries, including Russian Federation.

"The legitimate authorities of Venezuela have already labelled these sanctions illegal".

Western Canada is the third-largest supplier behind Mexico and Venezuela to the U.S. Gulf Coast region but it is "plagued by egress and policy challenges", RBC said.

"We call on our allies and partners to join the United States in recognizing interim president Guaido and blocking Maduro from being able to access funds".

The United States, Brazil and some other countries have recognized Guaido's presidency, with U.S. President Donald Trump warning that "all options are on the table".

Meanwhile, National Security Adviser John Bolton warned that "all options are on the table" against Venezuela, who could face a "significant response" if any harm came to the USA diplomatic personnel, Guaido or members of the national assembly.

"Applying sanctions [on Venezuela] could meet both geopolitical and economic objectives, though the latter is a balance between improving the prospects for USA crude oil exports globally against the risk of increased fuel costs", Panjiva analysts said.

Most experts believe the sanctions and other measures against Maduro will encourage him to step down only if he loses the support of the powerful military, which until now has been mostly loyal to the leftist ruling party founded by late President Hugo Chavez.

Since being elected head of the National Assembly legislature last month, Mr Guaido has managed to rally a previously disunited opposition.

PDVSA responded to the sanctions by ordering customers with tankers waiting to load crude destined for the United States to prepay, according to three sources with knowledge of the decision.

The country sends about 40 per cent of its 1.3 million barrels per day of oil exports to the United States, RBC noted. The company would not allow the opposition to take control of its USA refinery unit Citgo, Venezuela's key foreign asset, he said.

English-language media outlets frequently ignore local polls done inside Venezuela, and if they do report on them, they tend to publish the results of polling firms run by pro-opposition figures.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the new sanctions "violate all possible global norms" and show a course toward regime change in embattled Venezuela.

The U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory for Venezuela to level 4 and warned that Americans have been arbitrarily detained "for long periods" in the politically unstable nation.

Russian Federation has accused Washington of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against military intervention.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said historical experience showed foreign interference "only makes situations more complicated".

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