US sends aid to Colombia-Venezuela border amid Maduro rejection of help

Two tractor trailers remained on the Venezuelan side of the Puente Tienditas border crossing bridge with Colombia in what appears to be an effort to block humanitarian aid from entering the country, according to local reports.

Major opposition forces in Venezuela boycotted the presidential race amid allegations of irregularities.

Canada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis that's forced some three million Venezuelans from their homes, sending ripples across the region, particularly in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia which are now faced with a refugee crisis.

"We won't skip a beat", Cabello said.

Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said it would use a US -based fund to receive some of the country's oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.

At the same time, the group welcomed into the Lima Group Guaido's "legitimate government of Venezuela" and vowed to "recognize and work with" his representatives in their respective countries.

Aside from one senior general, who recognized Guaido in a video and urged others in the military to do the same, most of Venezuela's top military officers have not defected from Maduro.

Venezuela also marks an unusually forceful intervention in another country by Trump, who has promised to pull United States troops from Syria and Afghanistan and has held back on reprimanding USA allies over human rights.

"Committing such a crime would give even more reason for the unified countries to ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Maduro", Trujillo told reporters after a meeting with the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the global community should help support Guaido by trying to block Maduro's government from foreign business transactions involving oil, gold and other assets.

His hardline position is at odds with poverty-stricken Venezuelans when have been hit hardest by the country's economic collapse.

Lavrov said Moscow considers the situation in Venezuela "alarming" particularly because of the recognition of Guaido as interim president by a range of countries.

But Maduro's support in his own region is waning as the countries known as the Lima Group, made up of 13 Western Hemisphere nations, admitted the Guaidó government and Venezuela's National Assembly as full members of that multi-national group.

The United States could attempt to seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Maduro's cooperation, but Russian Federation would likely block such a move.

Pressure is growing on Maduro to step down after more than a dozen European Union nations, including Britain, Germany and France, on Monday joined the United States, Canada and a group of Latin American countries in recognising Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

  • Anthony Vega