US President Donald Trump has urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make it happen.
The arrival of two Russian air forces with nearly 100 Russian troops outside Caracas on Saturday has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela.
Russia and China have supported President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries support the opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January, the Guaido claimed the Constitution to declare its interim president, arguing for Maduro's re-election in 2018 was illegal.
The US government believes Russian troops include special forces and cyber security staff.
"Other than military, you can't get more pressure than they have … All options are open," he added.
Russia has bilateral relations and agreements with Venezuela, which it plans to honor, the Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said in response to Trump's comments.
"It is not up to the United States to decide actions and fate in other countries. It is only up to the Venezuelan people and its only legitimate president Nicolas Maduro," says Polyanskiy on Twitter.
It is not up to the United States to decide on actions and fate in other countries. It is only up to the people of # Venezuela and its only legitimate president Nicolas #Maduro . We have bilateral relations and agreements with this country that we will honor. #HandsOffVenezuela #YankeeGoHome https://t.co/5uNMZu5EH1
– Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) March 27, 2019
Maduro also said that a high-profile Venezuelan-Russian intergovernmental meeting will be held in April and adds that the pages are planning to sign nearly 20 agreements in the areas of economy , energy, trade and education.
The president also announced that Caracas is awaiting another supply of humanitarian aid from Moscow.
On February 22, the Latin American country received 7.5 tonnes of humanitarian goods from Russia, including medicines, medical devices and consumables.
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Maduro, who maintains control of state functions and the country's military, has said Guaido is a puppet in the United States.
Trump hosted Guaeda's wife Fabiana Rosales, who is a journalist and opposition activist at the White House on Wednesday.
Rosales told Trump that Guaido was attacked on Tuesday even though she did not provide details.
"I fear my husband's life," she said. She was accompanied by wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Guaido's Chief of Staff, arrested and detained last week.
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Earlier on the White House, Rosales Vice President Mike Pence met and told him that power outages and food shortages harm children in his country.
"They are trying to break our morals, they want to immerse ourselves in eternal darkness. But let me tell you there is light, and the light is here," Rosales told Pence.
She is slated to meet American first lady Melania Trump in Palm Beach on Thursday at a fast stop in southern Florida, home to the largest community of Venezuelan exiles in the United States.
Rosales is also slated to meet politicians at Capitol Hill and members of the Venezuelan diaspora on a prominent Washington think tank.
Pence praised Rosales for being "brave".
"Our message is simply: We are with you," said Pence
Continuous power cuts
Meanwhile, the country is experiencing its second major blackout which has left the streets of Caracas is mostly empty and residents are wondering about how long power would be in the midst of a deepening economic crisis.
Maduro said an "attack" on his electrical system caused the dark clip the first hit on Monday. The disconnected business, paralyzed the country's main oil export terminal and stranded commuters.
Intermittent service has long hit Venezuela's largely rural interior, but residents of Caracas fear the growing weaknesses of the capital mean that unreliable power becomes the new norm for them as well.
"I hope that now with these blackouts in Caracas they can do anything that everyone responds," said Maria Melendez, a stitching stress in the western city of Punto Fijo, who said she had to replace damaged appliances underneath. previous blackouts.
"They used to say that Caracas is Caracas, and everywhere weeds and snakes. Now Caracas will also be weeds and snakes if we continue like this."