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30 that he is willing to negotiate with his opposition after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for new street protests.

Washington has recognised Guaido as the South American country's acting president and says that strongman President Nicolas Maduro should leave power. "The politically unpredictable situation that develops in Venezuela imposes an imprint on the relations between the companies", he said.

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Maduro, who previously rejected calls for negotiations, said in an in an interview with Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency that he was open to talks with the opposition.

He said Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Russia, the Vatican and several unnamed European countries wanted talks between him and the opposition.

The sanctions did not directly mention swaps and indirect trade with PDVSA that began in recent years with customers including PDVSA's USA unit Citgo Petroleum, India's Reliance and Russia's Rosneft.

Under Hugo Chavez - Maduro's predecessor - Russian Federation became one of Venezuela's strongest allies with economic ties ranging from oil and loans to arms sales.

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On Tuesday, Russia said it foresees that Venezuela will have problems repaying its debt, with Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak telling Russian media: "There will probably be problems ..."

The United States has refused to rule out military intervention in Venezuela and Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton was even photographed on Monday at the White House holding a notepad with the scrawled line: "5,000 troops to Colombia".

Venezuela's Supreme Court has imposed a travel ban on Guaido and frozen his bank accounts in apparent retaliation for oil sanctions imposed by the United States that are expected to severely hit an already collapsing economy.

The sanctions announced Monday will freeze any assets the state-owned PDVSA has in the United States, and bars USA firms and citizens from doing business with it.

"I'm going out now more than ever", said Sobeia Gonzalez, 63.

The court also said prosecutors could investigate Guaido, in apparent retaliation for sweeping US sanctions on oil firm PDVSA, announced on Monday.

The move came after the State Department revealed that Guaido - the National Assembly head and self-proclaimed interim president - has been handed control of Venezuela's USA bank accounts.

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"Venezuela is Russia's last asset in Latin America", said Rouvinski.

Guaido, the eldest of six children from a working-class family who emerged from virtual anonymity as a political activist, is recognized as president by the United States and most Western Hemisphere nations.

"They should bear responsibility for the serious consequences from this", he said.

Under Venezuela's constitution, the head of the National Assembly is empowered to take on the duties of the chief executive under a range of circumstances. The opposition argues Maduro's re-election last May was a sham.

Speaking on Tuesday outside the National Assembly, Mr Guaido said he was aware of personal risks.

According to reports, new measures announced by the USA limit transactions between American companies and the Venezuela state oil company, PDSVA. Venezuela was put on the highest USA level advisory, a list that also includes Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The sanctions "further exacerbate the crisis in Venezuelan society" and "undermine the last remaining confidence in the worldwide monetary and financial system based on the primacy of the dollar", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

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