Trump tells Russian Federation to pull back from Venezuela

Russia confirms its military personnel arrived in Venezuela

Trump Says 'Russia Has to Get Out' of Venezuela

The ruling Socialist Party accuses the United States government of sabotaging its electricity network, though Guaido and opposition critics have said the outages are the result of a decade of corruption and mismanagement.

Maduro has also accused Guaido and the opposition of "terrorist acts" that caused a massive nationwide blackout for three days this week that authorities appeared to have repaired by Thursday.

Trump made the comments seated alongside Fabiana Rosales de Guaido, the wife of Juan Guaido, who has claimed the presidency of Venezuela following a contentious election in January.

In the meantime, Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba, Iran and a number of other states stand by constitutionally elected President Nicolas Maduro and warn Washington and its allies against "meddling" in the country's affairs.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russian Federation to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned "all options" are open to make that happen.

"Russian specialists have arrived in Venezuela in line with the provisions of a bilateral inter-government agreement on military-technical cooperation".

Venezuela's economy is in tatters with food and medicine in short supply due to years of hyperinflation.

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There is also a preparation warning for those near the Fortescue River, with possible minor flooding expected today and tomorrow. A risky storm tide was also predicted to hit the region this morning and damaging waves are predicted to bring inundation.

"Russia is not changing the balance of power in the region, Russian Federation is not threatening anyone unlike citizens in Washington whom I have just quoted", she told reporters.

Russian Federation has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela and Maduro that it plans to honour, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, said in response on Twitter on Wednesday.

"If their idea is to keep Maduro in power for longer that means more people starving and fleeing the country, more human tragedy in Venezuela", the minister said. "But let me tell you that there is light, and the light is here", said Rosales, a 26-year-old journalist and opposition activist.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed Trump's demand, asking in return why United States troops were still in parts of Syria, where the Assad regime relies heavily on Russia support.

Trump was also asked whether he has communicated that Russian Federation should leave of Venezuela through national security adviser John Bolton or through the United Nations.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of organizing a "coup" in Venezuela.

Last month, Guaido broke a travel ban and met with Vice President Mike Pence in Colombia, toured South America and sat down with a half dozen heads of state as he sought to drum up regional and global support.

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