A stronger relationship between the two will trigger another headache for the US, but this time in its own hemisphere.
A UN report says that security operations in 2018 linked to cases of "resistance to authority," resulted in 5,287 deaths in Venezuela.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro.
President Nicolas Maduro slams Colombia's "oligarchy" for working with deserters to drive a wedge between himself and his loyal military. Meanwhile, self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido appears briefly in anti-Maduro protest.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido asks people to hit streets with pamphlets calling on military to defect even as troops march against "American imperialism" in capital Caracas.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza says "nothing or nobody will be able to prevent" the swearing in of President Nicolas Maduro on January 10, after the 14-member group, without Mexico, said it won't recognise Maduro's new government.
According to the United Nations, some 1.6 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015 as four years of recession, hyperinflation and a collapsing economy have left millions destitute.
Venezuela's Supreme Court called on Wednesday for arrest of Julio Borges and Juan Requesens, the two prominent opposition lawmakers, in alleged connection with recent assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro.
President Nicolas Maduro says the overhaul would tie the bolivar currency to the recently launched state-backed cryptocurrency called the petro.
The rapprochement between the two countries comes after a diplomatic crisis erupted in late March when Panama added a string of senior Venezuelan officials to a list of individuals deemed at "high risk" of money laundering.
Peru had rescinded Nicolas Maduro's invitation to the Summit of Americas, but Venezuela's president has other ideas. The Eighth Summit of the Americas will be held on April 13 and 14, 2018 in Lima, Peru.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s statement came as the country holds talk with its creditors aiming to restructure about $60 billion debt.
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