Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russia's Gazprombank - document, sources

Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russia's Gazprombank - document, sources

Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russia's Gazprombank - document, sources

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who organized widespread protests Tuesday in Caracas against Nicolas Maduro, set a deadline for the embattled president to allow emergency food and medicine to enter Venezuela.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans had protested in the streets nationwide on Tuesday to demand that Maduro allow aid into the country, where food and medicine shortages are rife.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military on February 10 that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity". "We managed to hand out a small portion of the humanitarian aid to save lives today: 4,500 nutritional supplements for malnourished expecting mothers, to prevent spinal bifida and other ailments, to save unborn lives", he said, without providing details on how the supplies entered Venezuela.

An aid convoy supplied by the United States and Colombia arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta last week, where it is being held in warehouses.

Guido's self-declaration was immediately recognized by the administration of US President Donald Trump, which also announced sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry to funnel income from the country's main oil exporter to Guaido.

The Venezuelan military, which has remained loyal to the government, is now carrying out large-scale drills across the country to bolster its combat readiness for any possible invasion.

Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president before masses of cheering supporters in late January, arguing that under the constitution he should become chief of state because Maduro's re-election was a sham.

Mr Maduro said he would block humanitarian aid into Venezuela as it would justify intervention from the US.

Guaid will press the Organization of American States to provide support to hold new presidential elections, his representative to the body Gustavo Tarre said ahead of Friday's special meeting at the OAS on the situation in Venezuela.

Tarre said that a process will be launched for selecting the members of an independent electoral authority, moving toward a new list of voters and creating a voting mechanism.

"This a crime against humanity, men of the armed forces", Guaido said Sunday. "Who are we? Venezuelan doctors!"

"First, we want to reconstruct the electoral branch and an electoral mechanism that will be trustworthy, where not the slightest doubt exists that the will of the voters will be reflected in the results", he added.

Venezuela's financial accountability authority announced a probe into Guaido's income on Monday, saying he had "allegedly. received money from worldwide and national bodies without any justification". "It's help for many Venezuelans like my son". "We are being used to keep them in power".

Mr Guaido called the move "almost genocidal".

He said he will reject the "minuscule crumbs that they intend to bring with toxic food, with leftovers that they have".

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