Embattled Venezuela president ‘ready to negotiate’ with opposition

Mexico, Iraq expected to fill Venezuelan oil gap ahead of Canada, analysts say

On Monday, the US hit Venezuela's state-owned oil company with sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on Maduro to leave office.

The U.S was closely linked to a failed coup in Venezuela against socialist President Hugo Chavez in 2002. Maduro has sought to neutralise Guaido by ordering him not to leave the country and freezing his assets.

GLOBAL STANDOFF The United States is Venezuela's largest crude importer, ahead of India and China, but the new measures limit transactions between USA companies and state oil company PDVSA.

Maduro is willing to sit down with the opposition "for the sake of Venezuela's peace and its future", he told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.

As a politician who heads the National Assembly, Mr Guaido has immunity from prosecution unless ordered by a top court.

Government supporters have also attended large rallies led by Maduro allies, while the president visited military bases including overseeing live-fire exercises in recent days.

Dozens of nations, including most countries in the Western Hemisphere, have recognized Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela and no longer conduct relations with the country through Maduro.

The US has its own interests to protect in the country as the single biggest buyer of Venezuelan oil.

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Last week, a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro while Venezuela's military attache to Washington deserted the president on Saturday.

He admitted that Venezuela faces a plethora of problems, "as any other country" and said Venezuelans can "solve them by ourselves", without any outside meddling. Citing sources, Reuters reported Wednesday that private military contractors who conduct secret mission for Russian Federation were in Venezuela. Russia, which like China has loaned and invested billions of dollars to OPEC member Venezuela, called on Guaido to drop his demand for a snap election and instead accept mediation.

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Maduro claimed that the United States fabricated all violence documented on the part of his troops towards peaceful pro-democracy dissidents and said this week that Trump is " personally" responsible for all violence in the nation. Maduro's time in office has included authoritarian crackdowns on political enemies and an economic crisis driven partly by the worldwide collapse of oil prices.

Since 2012, fuel supply failures have been chronic in the cities of San Cristobal and Maracaibo, near the border with Colombia, with unending queues of vehicles at petrol stations. Inflation is out of control.

When Maduro visited Moscow in December 2018, the two countries concluded agreements on cooperation in the oil and mining industries, maintenance of Venezuela's weapon systems and export of wheat to Venezuela.

Maduro has blamed his country's woes on the United States, which he accuses of working with the opposition to topple the government.

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