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The US recognizes Juan Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, as the oil-rich nation's acting president, while Russian Federation supports incumbent head of state Nicolas Maduro, Efe news reported on Wednesday.

Arreaza has called the border fight between Venezuelan security forces and supporters of Guaido a failed coup and blamed the United States for denounced the USA government for "organizing, financing and leading" the effort.

It "calls for the start of a peaceful political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections".

Pence's appearance before the Lima Group - a 14-nation coalition of mostly conservative Latin American nations and Canada that has joined together to pressure Maduro - comes two days after a USA -backed effort to deliver humanitarian across the border from Colombia ended in violence over the weekend.

Venezuela has been struck by a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in poverty amid chronic shortages of basic necessities such as food and medication.

The US is "preparing for a military invasion" in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev told Russian media on Tuesday.

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The United States and dozens of other nations have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate president, but Maduro still controls the military, state institutions and oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, which provides 90 percent of the country's export revenue.

Some European and Latin American ambassadors were expected to boycott Arreaza's speech, as more countries back opposition leader Juan Guaido and spurn President Nicolas Maduro, diplomats said. But it is likely to face a veto from Russian Federation, which backs Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the May 20 election that kept him in power. "The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure", Pence said on Twitter.

Before the council meeting, Abrams told reporters that USA policy "is to use as much diplomatic and economic and political pressure as we can" along with the dozens of countries backing Guaido "to support the Venezuelan people's desire for democracy".

But each of the five Permanent Members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - has the power to veto a resolution and Moscow is sure to block Washington's text. It also speaks of the need to ensure the security of members of the political opposition, which is backed by Washington.

He urged the Council to raise its voice against the blockade imposed on Venezuela and Cuba, saying such steps aggravated daily life of citizens.

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