Pompeo Says Russia Dissuaded Maduro From Fleeing Venezuela

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello speaks during a rally in support of the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, April 30.

In the three-minute video, Guaido said soldiers who took to the streets against Maduro's government would be defending the country's constitution.

Figuera's letter professed personal loyalty to Maduro and criticized the general atmosphere of corruption in the Venezuelan government, damning Maduro primarily by implying he is not up to the task of restoring honest government or guiding the Venezuelan economy back to prosperity. He also "stressed that the intervention by Russian Federation and Cuba is destabilizing for Venezuela and for the U.S. -Russia bilateral relationship", it said.

"Their plan failed, their call failed, because Venezuela wants peace".

Guaido and Lopez's call on Tuesday for a military uprising marks the opposition's boldest effort yet to persuade the armed forces to rise up against Maduro. "It's not going to lead to an improvement of relations", he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

With the United States pushing to topple President Nicolas Maduro, Pompeo charged that Russian Federation and Cuba were instrumental in keeping the leftist firebrand in power.

"This can not go unpunished".

Mr Maduro insisted the opposition had attempted to impose an "illegitimate government" with the support of the Washington and neighbouring Colombia, claiming Venezuela had been a victim of "aggression of all kinds".

Some analysts believe the real negotiations are taking place overseas.

Venezuelan living standards have declined even further in the first several months of the year, with blackouts and water shortages adding to hyperinflation and chronic shortages of food and medicine that have prompted millions to emigrate.

"Today fearless soldiers, courageous patriots, fearless men supporting the constitution have answered our call", he said.

"I am advocating for the liberty of my country, [external forces] can't run over it and keep threatening it. America will stand with you until freedom and democracy are restored".

But protesters also admit there is fear. We've taken a handful of actions.

According to the state news agency EFE, which quoted the Foreign Ministry, Lopez and his family are in the Spanish diplomatic mission, after he left the Chilean Embassy in the Venezuelan capital.

And while not all are convinced the opposition offers the best solutions, many are eager to see change.

A Shanahan spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, said in a statement Shanahan decided he should remain in Washington to co-ordinate with the National Security Council and the State Department on Venezuela and the border, where the military is assisting the Homeland Security Department with the migrant crisis.

  • Zachary Reyes