Venezuelan Military Stands by Maduro
The United States steps up its support for Venezuela's opposition leader, but the country's military promises its loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked members of the Organization of American States Thursday to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido. He said the U.S. is ready to ship more than $20 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuela. The country is facing severe economic problems.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton added the U.S. wants to be sure that Venezuelan oil revenue goes to Guaido and not to President Maduro.
American support for Guaido came shortly after the opposition leader declared himself interim president Wednesday. The leader of Venezuela's National Assembly declared himself president just two weeks after Maduro began his second six-year term. Many Venezuelans believed the election should not be recognized because Maduro banned his opponents from running against him.
The chief of Venezuela's military, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, repeated his support for President Maduro in a televised statement Thursday. He said the armed forces will never accept a leader forced on their country. "It's not a war between Venezuelans that will solve our problems," he said. "It's dialogue."
The situation in Venezuela has the world's major powers quickly picking sides. The U.S., Canada, some Latin American and European countries supported Guaido's claim that the constitution makes him interim president.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, has offered his support to Venezuelan President Maduro. In a statement, the president's office said Putin called Maduro "to express support to the legitimate government of Venezuela."
And China's foreign ministry called on the United States to stay out of the crisis.
Iran, Syria, Cuba and Turkey have also said they continue to support Maduro's government.
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1.step up 提高；走进
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2.humanitarian assistance 人道主义援助
He said his staff in the camp needed urgent humanitarian assistance for those remaining.
3.legitimate government 合法政府
Political theory that any legitimate government shall have absolute power.
4.opposition leader 反对党领袖
The demonstrations were provoked by the unexplained death of an opposition leader.
5.Many Venezuelans believed the election should not be recognized because Maduro banned his opponents from running against him.
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6.And China's foreign ministry called on the United States to stay out of the crisis.
stay out of 远离；置身事外
He warned the army to stay out of the way of the relief effort.
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美国加大了对委内瑞拉反对派领导人的支持，但该国军方却承诺效忠总统尼古拉斯·马杜罗(Nicolas Maduro) 。
周四，美国国务卿蓬佩奥要求美洲国家组织的成员国承认反对派领导人瓜伊多 。他说，美国准备向委内瑞拉运送2000多万美元的人道主义援助 。这个国家正面临着严重的经济问题 。
周三，反对派领导人瓜伊多自行宣布成为临时总统后不久得到了美国的支持 。马杜罗开启第二个六年任期仅仅两周后，这位国民议会主席就自行“夺权” 。许多委内瑞拉人认为，选举结果不应受到认可，因为马杜罗禁止对手竞选总统 。
委内瑞拉军方领导人、国防部长洛佩斯周四在电视讲话中重申了其对总统马杜罗的支持 。他说，武装部队永远不会接受一位强加于他们国家的领导人 。他说，“能解决这一问题的不是委内瑞拉互相内战，而是对话 。”
委内瑞拉的局势让世界主要大国迅速“站队” 。美国、加拿大、一些拉美以及欧洲国家支持瓜伊多“自立总统”，即宪法让他成为临时总统 。
然而，俄罗斯总统普京（Vladimir Putin）表示支持委内瑞拉总统马杜罗 。俄罗斯总统办公室在一份声明中表示，普京致电马杜罗以示“对委内瑞拉合法政府的支持” 。