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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro broke off diplomatic relations with Washington and gave USA embassy personnel three days to leave the country after President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as president.

White House officials emphasized that Trump is not ruling out any response, such as a naval blockade or other military action, if Maduro unleashes violence against protesters or takes action against Guaido.

Maduro, in a fiery speech on Wednesday, said he was cutting off diplomatic relations with the United States for instigating a "coup" against him. A second lawmaker, Franz Klinzevich, said Moscow could wind up its military cooperation with Venezuela if Maduro was ousted.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who stepped down in December, was strongly critical of Venezuela at the world body.

It has also provided military support.

"We are paying close attention to the current situation in Venezuela and are calling on all parties to remain rational and calm, and to seek a political resolution to Venezuela's problem through peaceful dialogue within Venezuela's constitutional framework", Hua added.

Socialist Maduro declared victory last May following an election in which popular opponents were banned.

But there were no signs that security forces were widely heeding Guaido's call to go easy on demonstrators.

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The United States, Brazil and other countries on Wednesday, January 23, endorsed Guaido's declaration in repudiation of President Nicolas Maduro, as more protests rocked the economically strapped country.

The US has ordered the removal of its non-essential diplomatic staff from Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro gave them 72 hours to leave amid a political crisis.

Meanwhile, Turkey joined Russian Federation and several other countries which came out in support of Maduro, with presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin writing on Twitter that Erdogan told Maduro Turkey would support him.

In a security alert, the USA embassy in Caracas said non-emergency US government employees had been told to leave Venezuela and American citizens should "strongly consider" departing while commercial flights were still available. Over the last decade, China has given Venezuela $65 billion in loans, cash and investment. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France can not wield their vetoes.

"From a constitutional, humanitarian, and democratic perspective - and according to global law - there was no option left for the United States and the worldwide community but to recognize Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela", Moises Rendon, associate director and associate fellow of the CSIS Americas Program, told VOA.

The latest events cap an especially tumultuous week for the troubled South American nation.

The Security Council is responsible for the maintenance of worldwide peace and security.

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