Meanwhile, the Russian parliament strengthened punishment for lockdown violations, introducing heavy fines and prison terms of up to seven years in cases when a breach results in deaths.
The opposition leader, who is recognised as the country's interim president by more than 50 countries, has been repeatedly targeted by the government in a number of legal cases.
The US offered a $15 million reward for information that leads to the arrest of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after indicting him on allegations of "narco-terrorism."
The US trails far behind other countries that prioritise humanity over politics.
The global lending institution is meant to foster economic cooperation but has come under criticism for being biased in the wake of a terrible pandemic spreading across the globe.
"Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request," because there is "no clarity" on international recognition of the country's government, the Washington-based institution said in a statement.
With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people across EU and Turkey are heeding official calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the virus.
An exclusionary right-wing populism has gripped the world for years now, but recently, a more inclusionary populism is pushing back.
Nicolas Maduro's comments draw criticism from human rights activists and others who noted Venezuelans already are struggling to provide food, clothes and health care for their families.
Maduro had cut diplomatic ties with Colombia early last year after it threw its support to Juan Guaido along with the US and nearly 60 other nations and assisted in a failed attempt to bring aid across the border into Venezuela.
Masked officers from SEBIN intelligence police unit blocked the building’s entrances and lined the street with their vehicles, barring entry by lawmakers aligned with Juan Guaido.
The Washington Post interview was Maduro's first with a major US outlet since February 2019, when he abruptly ejected all Univision journalists from Venezuela.
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