Eerie photo sums up humanitarian crisis facing starving Venezuela

Eerie photo sums up humanitarian crisis facing starving Venezuela

Venezuelan volunteers, Colombian firefighters and rescue workers prepare USAID humanitarian aid for storage at a warehouse next to the Tienditas International Bridge, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

He accused the Trump administration of trying to violate national sovereignty by co-ordinating the shipment of hundreds of tonnes of medicines, medical equipment and nutritional supplements.

The U.S. government also sees European allies as likely to do more to prevent Maduro from transferring or hiding Venezuela government assets held outside the country, the U.S. official said.

Venezuelan armed forces officers and troops have the opportunity to participate in a humanitarian campaign that would help alleviate severe problems in their country, which is suffering from widespread shortages of food and medicine and hyperinflation, Kevin Whitaker said in the Colombian border city of Cucuta. "It tries to cover up what is the biggest crime committed, the crime of stealing resources through the blockade and the sanctions of the United States government on Venezuela".

The aid seems unlikely to move into Venezuela.

'They offer us toilet paper, like Donald Trump threw at the people of Puerto Rico, ' he said at the conference, which experienced technical difficulties including a blackout and a microphone failure.

Maduro said he was willing to meet with envoys of the so-called International Contact Group, that is backed by the European Union, but said a statement from its first meeting on Thursday was partisan and ideological.

Late last month, the ministry issued a statement in Hua's name saying China "opposes external intervention in Venezuela", in a rebuke to calls in the U.S. for military action to remove Maduro.

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Long-time allies Russian Federation and China and several other countries continue to support Maduro.

A top White House official said Friday that an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on a bank in Puerto Rico is an example of the administration using all available "tools" to pressure Venezuela's socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro.

A Senior White House official has revealed that the United States is actively in direct talks with the military in Venezuela urging them to abandon headstrong leader Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's collapse under United States sanctions and the rule of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, with the country plunged into poverty and driving some 3 million people to flee overseas, has led to further U.S. intervention in backing opposition leader Juan Guaido after he declared himself president last month.

He did welcome the Contact Group's proposal to send a mission to Venezuela, though.

Right before Maduro's inauguration on January 10, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan individuals and 23 entities, accusing them of involvement in a corruption scheme.

Hector Vazquez Muniz, chief financial officer of Banco San Juan Internacional, said in a statement to the AP that the bank is complying with the USA sanctions and denied wrongdoing.

On Friday, the Supreme Court asked the attorney general's office to investigate alleged "criminal" conduct by Guaido and the legislature over the "usurpation of functions" that correspond to Maduro.