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Venezuela's self proclaimed president Juan Guaido arrives for a meet with university students at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas Venezuela's Maduro launches large-scale war game amid crisis
Andrew Cummings | 12 February, 2019, 02:26

The sanctions gave USA oil companies working in Venezuela, including Chevron and oil service firms Halliburton Co HAL.N , General Electric Co's Baker Hughes BHGE.N and Schlumberger NV SLB.N , a deadline to halt all operations in the South American country.

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has officially launched largest military drills in the history of the country.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido said recently that a fund would be established to accept proceeds from sales of Venezuelan oil.

Guaido, the leader of the National Assembly who four dozen nations are recognizing as Venezuela's rightful president, urged the military to think carefully about how they will proceed.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime knows it".

However, they were primarily intended as a show of strength against the United States, which Maduro insists is planning a military invasion of the country by secretly hiding military assets in trucks of food and medicine.

Venezuela's Maduro launches large-scale war game amid crisis

"(Guaido) will announce the day when, from Colombia, from the islands by sea, and from Brazil the humanitarian aid will arrive simultaneously", Toledo said.

The doctors protested on the Colombia side of the border, saying they would face repercussions for holding a similar demonstration on the Venezuelan side.

Accusing those blocking aid of being "almost genocidal", he likewise warned that the military would be held responsible for the deaths of protesters - and reaffirmed his call for a mass march on Tuesday in memory of the estimated 40 people killed in disturbances since January 21.

Speaking to AFP Friday, Guaido vowed to do "whatever necessary" to "stop the usurpation" of power and "save lives" - without ruling out the possibility of authorizing foreign intervention.

But Maduro, who has asked Pope Francis to act as a mediator, rejected what he said was "bias" by the group.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim leader has told RT that the "corrupt regime" there is exclusively to blame for its dire humanitarian situation, and promised that democracy will be embraced, with free elections, once Maduro is gone.

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