US says military action 'possible' in Venezuela as Kremlin is told to stop meddling

Donald Trump’s administration has warned Russia to stop meddling in Venezuela and talked up the chance of US military action as a second day of clashes between protesters and security forces played out.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said that military involvement of some form is “possible” as he accused the Kremlin of convincing embattled president Nicolas Maduro to remain in post on Tuesday.  John Bolton, the White House national security adviser, raised the possibility of fresh sanctions as he told Russia publicly that it had no business getting involved in the Venezuelan dispute.  “This is our hemisphere. It’s not where the Russians should be interfering. This was a mistake on their part,” Mr Bolton said.  The Kremlin, which is backing Mr Maduro, in turn accused America of being behind an attempted “coup”, calling Washington’s actions a “gross violation of international law”. The US-Russia tensions flared as Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old opposition leader who declared himself interim president in January, once again took to the streets after urging a military uprising, despite violence leaving dozens injured the day before.  Members of the Bolivarian National Guard who joined Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido fire into

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