US to Send Military Hospital Ship to Venezuelan Region

Labour Day Demonstration in Caracas

Pence said the action to lift sanctions on Gen. Manuel Figuera is meant as a signal to others who might abandon the embattled Maduro.

The Supreme Court has announced the prosecution of six lawmakers on charges including treason against the fatherland, conspiracy, insurrection, civil rebellion, usurpation of functions, and public instigation, the body said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The global Contact Group on Venezuela, which met in Costa Rica on Tuesday, announced it would send a high-level mission to the crisis-racked country to monitor humanitarian aid distribution and encourage talks.

The group formed after Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress declared himself early this year interim president in a direct challenge to Nicolás Maduro's rule.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019.

"They sat back in the barracks and they're there, but they don't want to be identified as the institutional source of repression", the official said.

The Constituent Assembly has said it would suspend the immunity of any lawmakers who backed the April 30 uprising, which set off two days of violent clashes between security forces and protesters that left five people dead.

"On Saturday, I think the protest was fulfilled".

Maduro, meanwhile, appeared at a military exercise on Saturday with Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, who top United States officials had said was in on the attempted uprising but backed out.

Under Maduro's socialist government, the Venezuelan economy has collapsed, with mass starvation, medical shortages and violence ensuing as a result.

But Maduro - who is backed by Russia, China and the leaders of Venezuela's military - has refused to cede power.

Meanwhile, U.S. media reported that the White House has not reached a consensus on whether to engage in military intervention in Venezuela to support Guaido.

The foreign minister continued on by saying that the number of Russian military experts in Venezuela may be increased. And the U.S.is correct in sticking with Guaido even though his attempt to rally Venezuela's military and citizens to topple Maduro fizzled late last week.

The United States and most other Western nations have recognised Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Pence will also offer assistance for refugees who have fled the country, and an economic aid package contingent on a political transition, according to the official.

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