Cause of Venezuelan chopper crash is under investigation

Trudeau reaches out to Cuba on behalf of Lima Group to end Venezuela crisis

Embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro acknowledged the lives lost in the crash in a message posted on Twitter, and sent his condolences to the victims' relatives and friends on Saturday night.

A total of 7 people, including 4 soldiers and 3 passengers, were on board the helicopter, which was reported to have been completely destroyed in a fire after the crash.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, walks with supporters in Caracas, Venezuela April 30, 2019.

Republican senator Marco Rubio, too, supported Pence's statement on Omar.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the army on Saturday to be ready for a possible United States military intervention against his regime, days after opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to troops to join the rebellion against Maduro. Trump told reporters that Putin had assured him Moscow isn't seeking to "get involved" in the crisis either, despite assertions by the US president's top national security advisers that the Kremlin talked Maduro out of leaving the country after Guaido's attempt to bring down the regime. In the letter, he asked the military to switch sides, saying, "The time to act is now".

On the video, Guaido's representative hands a letter to the servicemen, who later set it on fire.

Guaido, 35, has branded Maduro a usurper over his re-election previous year, and in January declared himself acting president, plunging Venezuela into a political crisis that deepened its already grave economic woes.

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The Lima Group said it wants Maduro's ally Cuba to join efforts end the political crisis in Venezuela, and called for an urgent meeting with the EU-backed International Contact Group, which has placed more emphasis on dialogue to find a solution.

Venezuela's military leadership has since reiterated its support for the government, and Maduro is standing his ground.

Pompeo admitted to "bumpy roads" and said it could take "two weeks, four weeks" to remove Maduro.

In Moscow, Lavrov met with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and pushed back against Washington.

The Venezuelan military has so far sided with Maduro, but the opposition believes that under the surface there are growing cracks.

Speaking to journalists at the gates of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Leopoldo Lopez said he met the security officials while under house arrest.

Tensions continue to run high after Guaido's failed attempt to overthrow Maduro, and the so-called Lima Group last week chose to enlist Cuba in brokering a solution to the turmoil.

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