U.S. requests United Nations vote on Venezuela for Thursday

Venezuela crisis: Russia claims US is preparing for military invasion | Daily Star

Venezuela crisis: Russia claims US is preparing for military invasion | Daily Star

A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States to pass.

Wood made a series of accusations against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and said that the legitimate president of the country was Guaido, the opposition leader.

Most European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Earlier this month the United States proposed a draft Security Council resolution, which prompted Russian Federation to propose a rival text that makes no reference to elections or aid.

The initial US draft's only mention of "peace" was to recognize "the disruption to peace and security in the region caused by the actions of a regime that have caused an economic collapse". It was unclear if Russian Federation planned to put its text to a vote as well. And it asks U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "to help ensure free, fair, and credible presidential elections, and encourages subsequent peaceful, inclusive, and credible initiatives to address the prolonged crisis in the country".

One of the oft-repeated lies is that Maduro ordered the burning of two large aid-laden trucks attempting to cross the bridge which connects Venezuela and Colombia in Ureña.

The opposition failed to get that aid across the border as planned last weekend after Maduro closed it, and 25 Venezuelans who were wounded by gunfire in protests across the frontier were treated in a Brazilian hospital. He then met with members of the Lima Group, a bloc of nations from Argentina to Canada, on Monday in Bogota.

A top Russian security official accused the U.S. on Tuesday of deploying troops in Colombia and Puerto Rico ahead of a planned military intervention in Venezuela to topple President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro has accused the United States of using aid as a political tool aimed at overthrowing him, and blames USA sanctions for the economic turmoil in his country.

Abrams was referring to clashes that occurred Saturday as Guaido supporters tried to force their way into Venezuela with US-donated aid rejected by Maduro as a stalking horse for military invention.

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