Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

'Hands off Venezuela': Maduro to Trump

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2019 15:45 IST

Caracas [Venezuela], Jan 29 (ANI): Shortly after the United States announced the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, asked the USA to get its "hands off Venezuela."
"Trump, you are responsible for any violence that may occur in Venezuela, it is your responsibility… The blood that can spill in Venezuela is on your hands, President Donald Trump," Sputnik quoted Maduro as stating at an event, attended by Venezuelan diplomats who returned from the US.
"Donald Trump, hands off Venezuela," Maduro threatened in a video posted on his Twitter account.
On January 23, National Assembly president Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the President of Venezuela, amidst cheering protesters who asked Maduro to step down. The USA immediately lent its support to Guaido, recognising him as the interim President of the nation and rallying for international support for him at a meeting called at the UN Security Council.
Maduro has been given an ultimatum by countries like the UK, Australia, France, Spain, and others, to hold snap elections, failing which they would recognise Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela.
The two-time President has previously slammed the United States for its interference in Venezuela, alleging that the US attempted to organise a coup. (ANI)