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US planning to start a war with Venezuela: Venezuelan Foreign Minister

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After US imposed sanctions on Venezuela, the foreign minister of the South American nation said that the Barack Obama-led government is planning to start a war against them.

Delcy Rodriguez ,Venezuelan Foreign Minister told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the US is laying the legal groundwork to wage a war against Venezuela. She said that President Obama is seeking the support of the congress to attack the countries that don’t serve US interest.

At a hearing in the US Senate on Wednesday, the White House asked lawmakers to grant extensive powers to fight the Islamic State (IS) anywhere in the world.

Warning the nation of  Cuba like economic sanctions against Venezuela, the Foreign Minister said, “The US is preparing to declare war on all countries because requesting authorization to use military force without a geographic restriction means they can invade any country.”

 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sought the right to rule by decree for six months from the Parlimanet so as to be able to cope with the US threat properly.

On Monday, Obama issued an executive order to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses and corruption.

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Moscow strongly warned the United States “against any temptation to resort to military power” in Venezuela. Russian state news agency TASS quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying. “We assume that Washington treats our priorities seriously, our approach and warnings.”

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Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams speaks at the State Department in Washington, March 15, 2019. VOA

U.S. Special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams says Russia and the United States have failed to come to an agreement on how to resolve the crisis in Venezuela following talks in Rome. He did not rule out a future meeting between both sides and said the talks helped both sides gain a better understanding of each other’s views.

The United States Special envoy for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, described the Rome talks with Russian officials on the crisis in Venezuela as “useful, substantial and serious.” He said the conversations allowed the United States to understand that “Russia sees the crisis in Venezuela as very serious, unlike President Maduro,” mainly, Abrams said, in regard to the economic and humanitarian aspects.

Following a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Abrams said, “We did not come to a meeting of the minds, but the talks were positive in the sense that I think both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other’s views.” The two sides remain at odds over the legitimacy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The United States has recognized self-declared President Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, while Russia continues to recognize Mr. Maduro. Italy also has not given Mr. Guaido recognition.

FILE - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, takes part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Valencia, Venezuela, March 16, 2019.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido