Venezuela's Juan Guaido says he will return to Caracas

Venezuela's Juan Guaido says he will return to Caracas

The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to adopt two competing draft resolutions on Venezuela, sponsored by the United States and Russian Federation respectively. Four people were killed, and dozens were injured.

The U.S. draft urged "the peaceful restoration of democracy" in Venezuela, free and fair presidential elections and the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to all people in need.

Those targeted include the commanders of the National Guard and several regional security commanders, including those whose turf includes the borders with Brazil and Colombia.

The sanctions block any assets they have in United States jurisdictions and bar Americans from conducting financial transactions with them.

The United States also revoked the visas of "dozens" more officials and their families, said Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative on the crisis.

The government of disputed President Nicolas Maduro has refused to recognize that there is a humanitarian crisis in the country and is not permitting aid from the United States to enter the country, saying it is a pretext for a USA military invasion.

Guaido is still in Colombia, and Abrams warned of a "very large reaction" if he were to be harmed by Venezuelan authorities upon his eventual return.

Thursday's Security Council meeting is the third on the situation in Venezuela in just over a month due to the escalation of political tension facing the Latin American country.

Both Guaido and Bolsonaro appeared to play down the prospect of any kind of military intervention in Venezuela.

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

"At the Security Council, on the Venezuelan issue, our starting point is to uphold the spirit of the UN Charter and the basic principles governing worldwide relations, promote a peaceful settlement of the Venezuelan issue and maintain long-term peace, stability and development in Latin America", said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN.

"Obviously we are in favor of giving humanitarian assistance to Venezuela; we are not in favor of giving it to this corrupt regime", Abrams told reporters in Washington. "We confirmed unacceptability of any attempts to interfere into Venezuela's internal sovereign affairs", he added.

The country did not provide the usual honors warranted during a state visit.

U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela - Elliott Abrams - also announced visa restrictions against Maduro's supporters.

Defying a travel ban by Maduro, Guaido went first to Colombia to try to bring in the aid and to meet with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, left, and Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido held a press conference.

Guaido did not detail what threats he faces, but one possibility is that Maduro could order his arrest.

Friday's action is the second set of sanctions by the United States this week.