Venezuela's self-proclaimed 'president' Guaido isn't ruling out 'authorizing' USA intervention

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"Venezuela won't allow the spectacle of fake humanitarian aid because we're no one's beggars", Maduro said at a press conference in Caracas.

Even if all the accusations being levelled against the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, are basically correct, that does not mean that foreign countries can pick and choose the next leader of the country on their own!

Maduro, 56, blames shortages of food and medicine on U.S. sanctions, which mostly target regime individuals as well as state oil company PDVSA.

The official declined to provide details on the discussions or the level at which they are being held, and it was unclear whether such contacts could create cracks in the Venezuelan socialist leader's support from the military, which is pivotal to his grip on power.

"We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill", the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Several trucks carrying food and medicine arrived at a collection center in the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Thursday.

Even though Maduro is unlikely to ever wave the US aid through, the U.S.is continuing to stockpile food and medicine at Venezuela's border with Colombia.

Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey stood up for Maduro's support.

The United States bends the definition of "humanitarian aid" to advance its political interests in Venezuela.

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Guaido says the constitution allows him to assume power, set up a transitional government and hold new elections - one of his key demands that has received widespread global support.

He has dismissed Maduro as illegitimate over his reelection last May in polls branded a fraud by the US, EU and many Latin American countries.

Consultants Eurasia Group said on Thursday that Maduro's traditonal allies Russian Federation and China are "unlikely to lend (him) meaningful support", reinforcing its view that the socialist leader "will be unable to sustain his regime".

He also hit out at European and Latin American ministers who called for a new presidential ballot.

The EU-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela in its inaugural meeting in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo this week said overly forceful intervention could aggravate the crisis.

"Only this way can Venezuela realising lasting stability".

Maduro, after launching a signature-gathering campaign against alleged United States interference, has repeatedly stressed his sentiment that the main objective behind Washington's interest in the political outcome in Venezuela is the nation's oil reserves, said to the largest in the world. "You're deaf... They've taken extremist positions".

The contact group seeks a solution to Venezuela's political and economic crisis through dialogue and new presidential elections.

The decision by PDVSA came after Citgo reported of facing financial problems and plunging exports following the imposition of tough sanctions on the oil company by the Donald Trump-led USA government, on Friday.

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