State Department orders departure of non-emergency personnel from Venezuela

"We call on the OAS and all its member states to act on decent democratic principles and the incontrovertible facts on the ground", said Pompeo. "These voices can not be ignored", the 28-nation bloc said.

The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., has suggested US involvement in Venezuela's political chaos was created to distract Americans from the ongoing partial government shutdown, while Moscow has warned American leaders against military action in the embattled South American nation.

Rubio led a delegation of Florida lawmakers to discuss Venezuela with Trump on Tuesday, although an aide said Trump had decided before the meeting to recognize Guaido. But he still has no control over the state's functions, which remain loyal to Maduro despite a deep economic and political crisis. Moscow will insist on compliance with worldwide law, Russia's RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday.

The United States and major South American nations also recognised Guaido as interim leader on Wednesday.

"President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he is not a fan of American deployments all over the world and American entanglements", Pence told Trish Regan Primetime.

Cuba, however, sprang to the defence of its socialist ally, expressing "solidarity" with Maduro while Mexico extended lukewarm support to him.

Oxhorn said if the Venezuelan military were to drop its support for Maduro that may create a path to peaceful change.

In Pence's second call, which according to a White House official was kept under wraps for security reasons, the vice president assured Guaido: "We're praying for you, the USA stands with you, your bravery and courage are something we admire".

"Get Out! Leave Venezuela".

The US response, which to some harkened back to dark episodes of heavy-handed US interventions in Latin America during the Cold War, saw Maduro respond by swiftly cutting off diplomatic relations with the US, giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Sarfatti said she recognizes that being aligned with the United States in support of Guaido gives ammunition to Maduro supporters who claim his critics are tools of an imperialist power.

The diplomat went on saying that Russian Federation has had no contacts and does not plan any with Venezuelan parliament speaker Juan Guaido, whom a few countries have recognized as Venezuela's head of state.

"Venezuela is not alone!" he added. [President Donald] Trump's efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region. "They only have interests, guts and the ambition to take Venezuela's oil, gas and gold", he said, rattling off a long list of US-backed military coups, including in Guatemala, Chile and Brazil. "It's really important that the democratic global support for a change in Venezuela really get their act together, be consistent and make it very clear that invasion, military means, is not going to happen".

Meanwhile, pressure on Venezuela is still mounting.

Elsewhere in the Americas, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru all followed suit within two hours of the U.S. move. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday his administration would be willing to mediate.

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