U.S. warns of “response” if Venezuela harms diplomats

Jan 28, 2019, 2:44 AM EST
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó said he will be holding rallies on Wednesday and Saturday.
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has warned Venezuela of “a significant response” if it threatens American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself as the country’s interim president last week, seeking to unseat incumbent Nicolás Maduro.

Incensed by America’s move to recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s president, Maduro had announced breaking off ties with Washington last Thursday and gave U.S. envoys a 72-hour deadline to leave the country, writes the BBC.

Later, the Venezuelan foreign ministry softened its stance and said it would revoke the expulsion order and allow the two sides to set up “interest offices.” The political crisis in Venezuela is escalating, as a relentless Guaidó announced that he would hold rallies on Wednesday and Saturday to “get the job done,” notes The Guardian.

Several European nations have called on Venezuela to hold fresh elections within eight days, failing which they would recognize Guaidó as its president, a demand rejected by Maduro, who views this external interference as “complete insolence.”