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US crude production has undermined sentiment in market

US crude production has undermined sentiment in market

The U.S. recognized Maduro's rival and took other steps in Venezuela since its National Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself the country's leader instead of Maduro on January 23.

President Trump made a phone call to newly appointed Venezuelan President Juan Guaido Wednesday as the United States, the Venezuelan people and a number of pro-democracy countries continue the ousting of illegitimate dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo took another step to bolster Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, certifying that the National Assembly leader has control over key government bank accounts based in the U.S.

"We have continued to expose the corruption of Maduro and his cronies, and today's action ensures they can no longer loot the assets of the Venezuelan people", Bolton said at a White House news conference.

"These reserves don't belong to Calixto Ortega, they belong to Venezuela", he added, referring to the central bank's president, a close ally of Maduro.

Mr Maduro, meanwhile, gathered with troops and, in a message directed at the U.S., said he would not allow another Vietnam.

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In remarks televised Monday on state TV, Maduro called the sanctions "criminal" and accused the USA of robbing Venezuelans of oil riches that rightfully belong to them.

"This needs to be taken with utmost seriousness", Guerra said in a speech to lawmakers.

A furious Maduro said Trump would have "blood all over his hands" if violence breaks out in Venezuela. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Many opposition leaders have been imprisoned in the South American nation.

Update: U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday afternoon warned business interests around the world against helping Maduro and his cronies loot Venezuela's national wealth.

"If something happens to me one day, Donald Trump and Colombian President Ivan Duque will bear responsibility", Maduro said of his right-wing foes.

Maduro accused an "oligarchy" in neighboring Colombia of being behind an attempt by military deserters to drive a wedge between himself and his loyal forces, which are key to the leader's hold on power faced with mounting worldwide support for self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido.

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Venezuelan oil exports to the USA have declined steadily over the years, falling particularly sharply over the past decade as its production plummeted amid its long economic and political crisis.

The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela and PDVSA in 2017 that prevented Citgo from repatriating dividends to its parent company.

It comes amid fears of a US-backed coup to overthrow Maduro's government - something that could have prompted the movement of such large amounts of gold overseas.

PDVSA's US -based subsidiary, Citgo, which refines Venezuelan oil and sells Citgo brand gasoline in the USA, will continue to operate as usual.

The UN human rights office says security forces in Venezuela detained almost 700 people in just one day of anti-government protests last week, the highest such tally in a single day in the country in at least 20 years.

A senior official said on Tuesday that Moscow is expecting "problems" ahead of an upcoming payment on Russia's 3 billion dollar (£2.3 billion) loan.

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