- Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido claimed that Maduro government officials were seeking to ship gold reserves out of the country as part of a strategy to increase the central bank's liquidity.
Guaido is at the center of Venezuela's political upheaval as he presses forward with establishing a transitional government after swearing himself in as the nation's rightful president in a move denounced by Maduro as a US -backed coup.
Turkey condemns the European Parliament's decision to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Friday, warning that such foreign interventions could even spark a civil war in the South American country.
Guaido told CNN that he has been in talks with members of the military, but did not present a clear plan of how he would get them to withdraw their support from Maduro. "I hold you responsible for anything that might happen to my baby", the opposition leader said, speaking directly to President Nicolas Maduro.
Mr Guaido said that 3.3 million people, which is 15% of the population, have left the country as migrants in the last three years to escape the crisis, with many making their way to neighbouring countries like Peru and Ecuador on foot.
Guaido does not yet control any of the state's functions, which remain loyal to Maduro despite the opposition's calls for defections.
A defiant Maduro remains dug in, blaming the White House for openly backing what he calls a coup to remove him from power and exploit his country's vast oil wealth.
President Tayyip Erdoğan has stood by his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, calling him last week to express support.
"We're in a historic battle", Maduro told several hundred troops standing in formation around armoured vehicles.
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Friday's notice said non-US entities that involve U.S. brokers or the United States financial system must wind down those transactions by the end of April.
Amid the sharp unraveling of Venezuela's economy, Maduro began his second term as president on January 10. Last week, street protests turned violent in days of unrest that killed almost three dozen people in clashes with government security forces.
A USA official said on Thursday that Washington would offer humanitarian aid to Guaido whenever he sought it. Nicolas Maduro has so far rejected the delivery of medicine, food and other basic goods from both the USA and the UN.
"Thinking about oil as being a dollar-denominated business, if USA banks are jittery and concerned about what they can do, that will cause them to decline all transactions", said Daniel Martin, a partner at law firm Holman Fenwick Willan.
"There is no possible discussion here".
"Once more they are playing the intimidation game", Guaido said.
"We have supported them and will support them".
Already in economic meltdown, Venezuela is in the midst of a political crisis sparked by Guaido's challenge to the authority of Maduro. "We have been contacted by diplomats across Europe who are ready to take a step forward, but they are waiting for the right moment".