Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he spoke with Trump

Guaido contends Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent

Guaido contends Maduro's reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent

It came a day after the Trump administration stepped up pressure on Maduro, announcing sanctions against the country's state-owned oil company PDVSA.

The President of Venezuela's opposition-dominated National Assembly Juan Guaido will announce new boards of directors for state oil company PDVSA and its usa business, Citgo, UPI reports, citing a statement from the opposition leader.

"We will always look at additional sanctions to make sure we protect the assets of the country for the people of Venezuela", he said, while adding that the United States wanted to ensure that medicine and other humanitarian goods can still go through. "Be on alert, Venezuela!"

US President Donald Trump's national security advisor warned Tuesday of "serious consequences" if any harm comes to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Venezuela is gripped by raising political instability as US -backed opposition leader Juan Guaido presses to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Both countries have lent billions of dollars to Venezuela and are concerned about new stress on debt payments.

The Kremlin condemned the sanctions as illegal interference, while China said they would lead to suffering for which Washington would bear responsibility.

Vice President Mike Pence also will meet Tuesday with a new Venezuelan envoy appointed by Guaido, Carlos Alfredo Vecchio, a White House official said.

Major Latin American powers including Brazil have backed Guaido but Maduro still enjoys economic and political support of Russian Federation and China.

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Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil producer, operates in Venezuela and has issued loans to PDVSA, backed by oil supplies.

The UN spokesman Rupert Colville said on Tuesday that 696 people were detained on 23 January alone. The country sends 41 percent of its oil exports to the U.S. Critically, U.S. refiners are among the few customers that pay cash to Venezuela for its oil.

PDSVA is the acronym for the state-owned oil company.

"There will probably be problems".

On Wednesday, a week after Maduro officially began his second term, Guaidó swore himself in as interim president of Venezuela, declaring he would carry the mantle until free and fair elections could be held. "It is hard, impossible to give a different assessment", Sergei Storchak said.

Lavrov said the sanctions amounted to an attempt by the U.S.to confiscate Venezuelan state assets. The alliance can do this by drawing attention to the ICC's preliminary investigation into alleged crimes committed in Venezuela under the Maduro regime, he said.

However, Mnuchin said PDVSA's US-based subsidiary Citgo would be able to continue operations, as long as its earnings were deposited into a blocked account in the United States.

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