Caracas lambastes Bolton’s calls on Venezuela's military as "treason incitement"

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"An worldwide initiative is important to accompany a peaceful and democratic way out of the current crisis through free, transparent and credible presidential elections", said Mogherini.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out yesterday the possibility of authorising United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

"While I cannot name names because visa information is protected, I can state that we will continue to take action against those destroying Venezuela's democratic institutions", he said.

Guaido said Thursday he was confident his efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country would work out.

Despite the insane number of foreign journalists that attended the propaganda event and reported on the call for mutiny, there is no indication the Venezuelan military will lift the blockade they erected to prevent the passage of any kind of trucks.

During a presentation of the group's annual financial results, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said: "The accounts have been blocked in light of the United States decisions". "He is a clear and present danger and a risk to the national security of the United States".

He did welcome the Contact Group's proposal to send a mission to Venezuela, though.

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On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Juan Mendoza challenged that assertion, saying the constitution does not include language for forming a transitional government as Guaido claims.

Guaido launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself the interim president. "Maduro hasn't had a new line of credit since 2016", said Guaido. It arrived at the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where volunteers are bagging them in preparation for attempts to bring them across the border.

A worker organises humanitarian aid for Venezuela at a warehouse near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 8, 2019.

He added that the Venezuelan military was degraded.

Colombia's migration office on Friday said it canceled over 300 daily entrance passes for Venezuelan politicians and their families who support President Nicolas Maduro.

Philip Gunson is senior analyst for Venezuela at the International Crisis Group, and is based in Caracas.

The elected president has also repeatedly called on the opposition to come to the negotiation table instead of stirring up street protests and violence.

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Rogier Huizenga, secretary of the IPU's human rights committee, expressed concern the opposition-controlled Assembly is "being ill-treated".

The visa revocations come amid Washington's continued diplomatic and economic push to force Maduro to cede power to National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president on January 23.

In tears, he described how his wife was unable to get treatment in Venezuela and that by the time they were able to see a doctor in Colombia, her illness had significantly progressed.

Romania now holds the European Union's rotating presidency. Iohannis, in charge of the country's foreign policy, said Romania needed to have "quick, fundamental and firm reactions" to global developments.

The US, Canada and some other countries recognised him nearly immediately, while the UK, Germany, France, and Spain later declared their intention to recognise Guaido if Caracas did not announce snap presidential elections within eight days.

Guaido has declared himself interim president and has been recognised as such by dozens of countries, but Maduro, buoyed by support from the armed forces, has declined to step aside.

Abrams, a long time Republican foreign policy player who helped steer Ronald Reagan's controversial backing of anti-communist forces in Central America - said that countries should only deal with Guaido.

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