Maduro says ready to negotiate with opposition with int'l mediation

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce economic sanctions against Venezuela and the Venezuelan state owned oil company

The move follows the unusual decision by the US and other nations last week to recognize the opposition leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela instead of Maduro, who was re-elected previous year in an election widely seen as fraudulent.

"Let me reiterate. There will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido", Bolton said on Twitter.

Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ordering his assassination while his main global backer Russian Federation called today for mediation in a standoff deepening geopolitical splits.

On Tuesday, the Venezuelan Supreme Court barred the 35-year-old opposition leader from leaving the country after chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab announced that he was opening a criminal investigation.

The move came after the State Department revealed that Guaido - the National Assembly head and self-proclaimed interim president - has been handed control of Venezuela's USA bank accounts.

President Donald Trump addressed US action in Venezuela, where people are abandoning socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro for an opposition leader, and warned USA citizens against traveling there.

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US Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams warned on Wednesday the Venezuelan Authorities of any actions against the self-proclaimed interim country's president Juan Guaido, Reuters reported.

Bolton said he expects Monday's actions against PDVSA will result in more than $11 billion United States in lost export proceeds over the next year.

In an interview with Russia's RIA Novosti agency, Maduro said he was willing to negotiate with the opposition and, mockingly, even offered to bring forward parliamentary elections.

"Although the consequences are not direct, but they eventually will affect us somewhere down the road", he stated.

Russian Federation has derided the move as an attempt by the USA to exact regime change on Venezuela, in an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

Mr Guaido, who has not yet appointed a cabinet, faces the intricate legal challenge of nominating new leadership for PDVSA and its subsidiaries, including Citgo Petroleum, who would manage the companies during a transition.

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The Trump administration has imposed sanctions that could starve the already distressed nation of billions in oil revenue - an effort to mount pressure against the defiant Maduro.

The US has thrown its weight behind opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself as Venezuela's new president.

Government supporters have also attended large rallies led by Maduro allies, while the president visited military bases including overseeing live-fire exercises in recent days.

Venezuelan oil exports to the US have declined steadily over the years, falling particularly sharply over the past decade as its production plummeted amid its long economic and political crisis. Russian Federation is key to keeping the Venezuelan president in power through loans and global clout to counter pressure from the US, Euorpe and many Latin American countries.

Last week, President Trump announced the "full weight" of USA power behind Guaidó, who invoked a protocol whereby the head of the assembly can become national leader if the office of the president has been wrongfully taken.

Oil minister and PDVSA head Manuel Quevedo said on Tuesday that PDVSA was considering declaring partial force majeure on its contractual obligations in the United States.

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