Lavrov condemns 'flagrant interference' by USA in Venezuela

US Criticizes Guaido for Failed Coup in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has accused him of seeking to stage a US-directed coup.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Treasury cited the battle over humanitarian assistance and blamed the six current or former security officials, who it said controlled groups that blocked aid from reaching people in the Latin American country.

Defying a travel ban by Maduro, Guaido slipped across the border to Colombia last weekend to try to bring in global humanitarian aid and to meet with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence.

The other sanctioned individuals are linked to regional military commands and the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB), the Venezuelan national guard.

Mr Guaido has said 300,000 people could die without an influx of aid into Venezuela.

He also called on Venezuelans across the country to gather on Monday and to pay attention to official channels for more information on meeting points.

Guaido declared himself Venezuelan President on the grounds that the country's 2018 election was rigged, making Maduro's presidency illegitimate.

Meanwhile, Russia is vowing to counter any attempts to meddle in Venezuelan domestic affairs as it pledges its support of the Maduro regime.

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Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler makes declarations during a joint press conference with Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez at the Lopez Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, March 1, 2019.

The United States and about 50 other countries recognise Guaido as Venezuela's president, arguing that Maduro's re-election previous year was a sham.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister spoke about a number of issues with his United States counterpart Mike Pompeo in a phone call late last night.

Elliott Abrams, US special representative to Venezuela, addressed reporters Friday at the State Department.

Friday's action is the second set of sanctions by the United States this week.

Russian Federation has accused the United States of preparing to intervene militarily in Venezuela and this week, along with China, blocked a USA bid to get the UN Security Council to take action on Venezuela. "I think that if he were arrested on his return we would see a very large reaction on the part of the Venezuelan people and on the part of the global community".

"Any measure that could put at risk Juan Guaido's freedom, safety or personal integrity would represent a major escalation of tensions and meet the firm condemnation of the global community", said Federica Mogherini, the EU'S top diplomat.

The U.S. -recognized president joined the aid convoy in Colombia, despite being ordered by Venezuela's Supreme Court not to leave the country.

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