US President Donald Trump has called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Venezuela, warning that "all options" are open to make this happen.
The arrival of two Russian aircraft of the Luftwaffe with nearly 100 Russian troops ahead of Caracas on Saturday has aggravated the political crisis in Venezuela.
Russia and China have supported President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries support the opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January Guaido called on the constitution to declare himself interim president. The re-election of Maduro's 2018 was illegal.
The US government says Russian troops have special forces and security forces.
"Except for the military, you can not get more pressure than they … All options are open," he added.
Russia has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela, which plans to honor, said Deputy UN Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Polyanskiy, in response to Trump's comments.
"It is not up to the US to decide on measures and the fate of other countries, it's up to the people of Venezuela and their only legitimate president, Nicolas Maduro," Polyanskiy said on Twitter.
It is not for the US to decide on the actions and destinies of other countries. It is only up to the people of #Venezuela and his only legitimate President Nicolas #Maduro . We have bilateral relations and agreements with this country that we will comply with. #HandsOffVenezuela #YankeeGoHome https://t.co/5uNMZu5EH1
– Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) March 27, 2019
Maduro also said a high-level Venezuelan-Russian interstate meeting will be held in April, and it adds the side plan to signing nearly 20 economic deals. Energy, trade and education.
The President also announced that Caracas expects a further delivery of humanitarian aid from Moscow.
On February 22, the Latin American country received 7.5 tons of humanitarian cargo from Russia, including medical supplies, medical equipment and medical supplies.
"Break Our Morality"
Maduro, who retains control of the country's state functions and military, said Guaido is a puppet of the United States.
Trump hosted Guaido's wife, Fabiana Rosales journalist and opposition activist on Wednesday at the White House.
Rosales told Trump that Guaido had been attacked on Tuesday, even though she provided no details.
"I'm worried about my husband's life," she said. She was accompanied by the wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Guaido's chief of staff, who was arrested and detained last week.
#AHORA | Fabiana Rosales and President of the European Parliament Donald Trump is a member of Nicolás Maduro and intends to recruit a team in response to https://t.co/fcFbGKyUWQ ↓ pic.twitter.com/zyybrznYj 19659021 ] – NTN24 March 27, 2019
Earlier in the White House, Rosales met with Vice President Mike Pence and told him that power outages and food shortages injured children in their country.
"They are trying to break our morals, they want to sink us into the eternal darkness, but let me tell you that there is light and the light is here," Rosales said to Pence. She is scheduled to meet US First Lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach on Thursday for a brief stop in South Florida, home to the largest Venezuelan exile community in the United States.
Rosales is also said to meet politicians on Capitol Hill and members of the Venezuelan Diaspora in a prominent Washington memorial-tank.
Pence praised Rosale "To be brave."
"Our message is quite simple: we're with you," said Pence
Meanwhile, the country is experiencing its second major blackout that has left the US The streets of Caracas are mostly empty, and the Residents are wondering how long power would turn out in a worsening economic crisis.
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Maduro said an "attack" on the electrical system had caused the first power outage Monday. The failures closed stores, paralyzed the country's main oil export terminal and stranded commuters.
Intermittent service has long since hit Venezuela's mostly rural interior, but the residents of Caracas fear that the increasing blackouts in the capital will become the new normal for them as well.
"I hope they can do something with these power cuts in Caracas, that everyone reacts," said Maria Melendez, a seamstress in the western city of Punto Fijo, who said she had to replace damaged equipment during earlier blackouts.
"They used to say that Caracas is Caracas, and weeds and snakes everywhere else, and now Caracas will be weeds and snakes if we keep this up."