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The U.S is imposing new visa restrictions for dozens of officials aligned with the regime of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

In pursuit of this, they staged a showdown over the weekend along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and even reportedly torched one of their own aid trucks in order to pin the blame for this false flag attack on Maduro, hoping that it'll help galvanize the worldwide regime change movement by advancing the narrative that he's a so-called "sick tyrant" like Pompeo recently said that he was.

According to Reuters news reports, Maduro's military supporters blocked Guaido's effort last weekend to bring humanitarian aids into the nation through the Colombian and Brazilian border, where forces clashed with protesters at the border leaving two trucks full of humanitarian aids in flames and about five people dead.

However, its possible that he plans to slip across the border with Colombia in the same way he left Venezuela, claiming he had help on that occasion from Maduro's military. Guaido, head of Venezuela's National Assembly, has invoked constitutional provisions to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's re-election a year ago was fraudulent.

"You know what is happening with oil assets of Venezuela located in the United States and other countries that show antipathy towards Venezuela, deprive it of assets and financial resources".

However, Abrams could not reveal more about the visa revocations, and could not reveal whether the USA had talked any other countries into imposing sanctions on Venezuela.

Ahead of the Security Council vote on Thursday, French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre, in support of the usa resolution, said it "does not represent a legal basis for a use of force nor an attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Venezuela".

"We are very closely cooperating and coordinating all our steps in the global arena", Mr Lavrov said. "In particular, we can recall the United Kingdom government that chose to pocket Venezuelan gold through the Bank of England", she added.

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In a second tweet Guaido said he would provide an account of his tour and announce the opposition's "next actions" on social networks at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is in Ecuador as part of a continent-wide campaign to intensify pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to give up power.

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov on Saturday condemned what he called America's "flagrant interference" and "destructive influence" in Venezuela, in a telephone conversation with his USA counterpart Mike Pompeo.

The Treasury Department said the six, including brass from the National Guard and police, are allied with Maduro, who has closed Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia to prevent help from the USA and other countries opposed to his continued hardline rule from entering.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez during their talks in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 1, 2019.

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.

On January 23, Guaido proclaimed himself acting Venezuelan president.


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