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Firehose persists, the Branson aid concert becoming the latest target. Yet to be confirmed reports that military leaders negotiating with the opposition. USAF C-17s arrive in Colombia carrying aid.

UAWire – Kremlin: Russia’s goal is to prevent a ‘color’ revolution in Venezuela

Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told reporters that Russia’s stance regarding the situation in Venezuela is to prevent a “color” revolution in this country, reports RBC. “Our goal is to prevent another color or any other black-and-white [revolution] according to American patterns,” said Ryabkov. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stressed that the cabinet headed by the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, does not avoid the dialogue. According to him, Moscow and Caracas are working on a peaceful and constitutional solution to the problem. Russia supports efforts that Mexico and Uruguay have taken to resolve the situation in Venezuela while discussing this issue with the U.S. “turns out to be impossible,” added Ryabkov. At the end of January, the speaker of the opposition-controlled parliament of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, declared himself the interim president of the country and promised to hold new elections for the head of the state. More than 40 countries have recognized its legitimacy, including the United States, most Latin American countries and a number of European Union members. Maduro is supported by Russia, Iran, India, China, South Africa, Turkey, and Bolivia.

President Maduro Puts Forth Plan for Permanent Mobilisation of Military – Sputnik International

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday suggested that a plan for the permanent mobilization of the Armed Forces to guard against a possible foreign intervention should be adopted.

Vice President Mike Pence on Twitter: “New sanctions against Maduro insiders are a clear signal we will continue to act against those who threaten freedom & human rights in VZ. We stand w/ the people of Venezuela, their constitution & Pres. Juan Guaido to support delivery of humanitarian aid & a democratic transition.”

Marco Rubio on Twitter: “U.S. support for democracy in #Venezuela is irreversible. And pressure on those loyal to #Maduro will only increase moving forward. Today ⁦⁦@USTreasury⁩ sanctioned more of the people helping the #MaduroCrimeFamily for corruption & repression.”

Pence rebukes European powers over positions on Iran and Venezuela

Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday in a renewed attack on Washington’s traditional allies, rejecting a call by Germany’s chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation efforts.

Pompeo: Venezuelans reject Maduro’s ‘model of governance’ | Fox News

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he sees obvious signs that President Nicolas Maduro is starting to understand Venezuelans reject him as their leader.

John Bolton Brings El Salvador’s President-Elect into Venezuela Coalition

President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke to recently-elected President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele on Wednesday.

US announces new sanctions against Maduro officials – YouTube

Fox Business Published on Feb 15, 2019 Former U.S. senior diplomat John Caulfield discusses how national security adviser John Bolton said that senior military figures close to disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have been negotiating with the opposition in Venezuela for weeks. Caulfield also discussed President Trump’s new sanctions against Maduro officials. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the business capital of the world — FBN launched in October 2007 and is the leading business network on television, topping CNBC in Business Day viewers for the second consecutive year. The network is available in more than 80 million homes in all markets across the United States. Owned by FOX, FBN has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and London.

Treasury sanctions top Maduro allies in Venezuela | TheHill

The Treasury Department on Friday announced new sanctions against top Venezuelan officials in President Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

US planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia | News | Al Jazeera

Opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for aid distribution, but President Maduro has refused its entry to Venezuela.

US aid lands in Colombia as part of effort to deliver supplies to Venezuela – CNN

The US military cargo planes departed from Miami to transport supplies to Colombia as part of the Trump Administration’s response to the Venezuela regional crisis.

US delivers aid to town bordering Venezuela to undermine President Nicolas Maduro

The U.S. military airlifted 180 tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

🇻🇪 Thousands of Venezuelans volunteer to bring in aid | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Feb 16, 2019 Thousands of volunteers in Venezuela have registered to travel to the Colombian border to bring in aid. Food and medicine from the United States have become a key issue in the power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido. Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Washington, DC.

Pentagon to begin flying humanitarian aid to Colombia with aim of helping Venezuelans – The Washington Post

Some 200 tons of supplies could begin arriving as soon as Saturday.

US military delivers aid to Colombia for Venezuelan migrants | TheHill

The U.S. military has delivered supplies to Colombia meant to aid migrants coming from Venezuela, the Pentagon said Friday.

US Military Aircraft to Deliver 250 Tons of Aid to Venezuela Border |

For the first time, military aircraft are being used, as the U.S. increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power.

US willing to meet Maduro as *military* helps deliver aid to Venezuela – CNNPolitics

As the US continues to work to bolster the administration of self-declared interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido — including using US military aircraft to deliver humanitarian aid — a senior administration official says the US would be willing to meet with Nicolas Maduro to negotiate his exit.

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress. The announcement of additional aid comes as the Trump administration on Friday added Venezuela’s oil boss and key intelligence officers to a long list of Maduro loyalists under U.S. financial sanctions.

US military aircraft to deliver 200 tons of aid to Venezuela border | Fox News

The Trump administration is sending more than 200 tons of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia as early as Saturday as it increases pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress

IMF Prepares for Maduro’s Exit as Cash Shortage Bites

The dynamic toward a transition under Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, should accelerate as Venezuela’s cash dwindles with India the only remaining buyer for its oil, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The U.S. and several dozen of its allies

🇻🇪 Venezuela: 65 countries support Guaido, while UN backs Maduro l Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Feb 15, 2019 The Venezuelan opposition’s envoy to the United States is trying to shore up international support to help bring aid into his country. But the United Nations, which still recognises Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s president, has called for talks. About 50 UN-member countries have pledged their support to Maduro, while 65 countries, including the US, stand behind the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from Washington.

Venezuela Live Aid: Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Juanes, Maluma, Lele Pons & More To Perform | Billboard

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand, announced on Twitter that he’s organizing a massive concert in Cúcuta, Colombia that seeks to raise humanitarian aid for Venezuela.

Richard Branson Announces Latin ‘Venezuela Aid Live’ Concert

Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson announced Venezuela Aid Live,” a concert to help Venezuelan victims of socialism.

Venezuela Opposition’s Man in D.C. Seeks to Rally U.S. Support – WSJ

Carlos Vecchio, the envoy to the U.S. for the parallel government being set up by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, is charged with managing ties with Washington, its most crucial ally, and keeping the Trump administration and congressional allies aligned with its goals.

Venezuela’s Maduro claims secret meetings held with U.S. envoy and vows to stay in power – Los Angeles Times

While harshly criticizing President Trump, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he holds to meet with Trump soon to resolve the current crisis.

Maduro reveals secret Venezuela meetings with US

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has admitted one of his top officials held two meetings with a prominent US diplomat. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, a harsh critic of the United States, traveled recently to New York to meet with the US special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. The first meeting

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó denies bid to unseat Maduro has failed | World news | The Guardian

Opposition leader says he believes movement for change in the country is irreversible

Venezuela Supreme Court Prosecutes Guaido-Appointed PDVSA Board |

Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice, the country’s Supreme Court, ordered legal action against individuals that opposition leader Juan Guaido announced as the new board members for PDVSA and its U.S. unit, Citgo

Exclusive: India advises refiner to avoid U.S. system for Venezuela oil buying – source

India has asked one buyer of Venezuelan oil to consider paying the South American nation’s national oil company PDVSA in a way that avoids the U.S. financial system, an Indian government source said, after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Venezuela last month. The United States is seeking to

Brett Bruen | Trump’s Venezuela policy isn’t a case of right versus left. It’s a case of right versus wrong.

The president has built an international coalition, engaged in typical diplomatic pressure tactics and is supporting the human rights of Venezuelans.

What Next for Venezuela? by Anne O. Krueger – Project Syndicate

Even before the international community started rallying behind Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, the country’s interim president, Nicolás Maduro, was running out of runway. It is now clear that the Chavist regime cannot survive, and that the country will need massive humanitarian and financial support after it falls.

TASS: World – Venezuela’s defense minister says opposition supports foreign intervention

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez slammed opposition leaders for «irresponsible and unforgivable» behavior

Richard Branson Mocked Online Over Aid-Themed Music Fest on Venezuelan Border – Sputnik International

The eccentric billionaire slammed President Nicolas Maduro and promised a “wonderful line-up” at a concert that he is organising in the Colombian town of Cúcuta at the request of self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido. However, the call for donations by one of the world’s richest people has not resonated with netizens.