On Friday, the United States stepped up pressure to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power as US diplomats left embassy in Caracas and Russia pledged to support its South American ally.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will urge members of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate head of state of Venezuela.
Washington called for a meeting of the 15-member Council after a number of countries threw their weight behind Guaido, who heads the Venezuelan Congress. and asked Maduro to resign.
Russia resists the demand and has accused Washington of supporting a coup attempt and putting Venezuela at the center of a growing geopolitical duel. Moscow will insist on compliance with international law, the Russian news agency RIA quoted on Friday Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Maduro said he welcomed a debate over Venezuela's situation and thanked Pompeo for a UN request during a Friday conference, a press conference on Friday.
"I was just about to tell the Foreign Minister:" Request a Security Council debate. "(But) Mike Pompeo got me ahead," Maduro said. "Thank you, Mike … We will tell the truth about the Articles of the Constitution, about the coup."
Formerly American diplomats left the US Embassy in Caracas in a convoy of vehicles with a police escort route to the airport, a Reuters witness said.
In a fiery speech on Wednesday, Maduro broke diplomatic relations with Washington and ordered the US personnel to leave the plane within 72 hours.
The State Department said on Thursday that some US government officials were leaving Venezuela, saying that US citizens should consider leaving the country. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the movement of embassy staff on Friday.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday called for preliminary investigation into alleged excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against demonstrators, adding she was "extremely worried" that the situation could quickly spiral out of control.
No false dialogue "
Guaido, who set Venezuela's opposition in motion, proclaimed himself interim President on Wednesday during a march of hundreds of thousands in Caracas. He is considering applying for funds from international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, two people familiar with the talks discussed on Friday.
Nevertheless, he still has no control over the Venezuelan state and the military, which have remained loyal to Maduro.
Guaido has promised military personnel future amnesty if they reject Maduro.
On Friday Guaido repeated his offer to the armed forces in Venezuela and called on the soldiers to "stand on the side of the constitution". , He also called for mass protests next week.
|Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he speaks at a press conference in Caracas [Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]|
Most Latin American nations have joined the United States to support Guaido's claim to the presidency, even though Mexico's new leftist government would not take sides , Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday his government is ready to mediate.
Guaido said he would reject all negotiations that did not involve Maduro's exit, introduce a transitional government, and set up free elections to elect a new president. [19659004"ForhispartMaduroHesaidhewouldbewillingtotalktotheoppositioninordertoavoidviolence"
"I commit to a national dialogue. Today, tomorrow and always I am committed and ready to go where I have to. "Personally, if I have to meet this young man … I will leave," said the leader.
Analysts believe Maduro's strategy could focus on gaining time.
"Earlier, when Maduro's government did so, he has always opted for a strategy in which he finds himself, calling for national and international dialogue," said Venezuelan political scientist Carlos Eduardo Pina.
"He wants to gain time, he has done that in the past and he has succeeded," added Pina. "In 19459026, the opposition forces, their leaders and their followers have been dismantled, rendering them incapable US to seek funding
To increase pressure on Maduro, who took up a second term on 10 January following a campaign that was widely considered fraudulent last year, they are trying United States to cancel money for its US administration said Thursday.
Guaido is also preparing a new board that will run the US Citizens' Petroleum unit of the US oil company PDVSA, people who are familiar with the discussions said.
Maduro warned against any attempt to take control of Citgo, the land of the country, primary offshore assets.
"It is the property of the Venezuelan people, and we will defend it," he said.
Citgo's board of directors appointed by Citgo is preparing a legal strategy to defend itself talks said.
Oil prices edged higher on Friday as political turmoil threatened to curtail global crude oil supply.
Washington has signaled that it can impose new sanctions on the vital oil sector of OPEC member Venezuela.
"The oil situation was an ethical moral dilemma for us," said US Sen. Richard Durbin, the US's second-ranked Democrat Senate.
"Shutting down the oil trade would be the last step, it would make it even worse for the average person."