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The next round of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela are coming, said special representative to Venezuela Elliott Abrams. Those sanctions give opposition leader Juan Guiado (left) leverage against President Nicolas Maduro. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido greets supporters at the end of a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The National Assembly approved on Tuesday the return of Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance to strengthen cooperation with the countries of the region and raise pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (Associated Press)

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A Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet flies during Venezuela's independence day military parade in Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela, in this Wednesday, July 5, 2006, file photo. Russia's state-controlled arms trader, Rosoboronexport, and top aircraft maker, Sukhoi, criticized Washington Saturday for imposing sanctions against them over dealings with Iran, while the defense ministry said the move reflected U.S. annoyance at arms sales with Venezuela. Last month, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited Russia and sealed a deal to buy 24 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets. (AP Photo/Gregorio Marrero, File)

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Delegates to the CPUSA's Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., deliver a standing ovation to Alex Granado, a representative of the Youth Communists of Venezuela, who addressed the conference's opening session on Friday, June 21, 2019 (James Varney/The Washington Times)

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro "is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power," Vice President Mike Pence said.

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Illustration on Venezuela by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the crisis in Venezuela by Alexander Hunter (after Posada)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the lack of maintenance was a cause of the blackouts in Venezuela.

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Illustration on the crisis in Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on China's increased oil trade with Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the suppression of comedy in Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro watches a military parade, alongside his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, behind, at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela. State television in Venezuela showed President Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech on Saturday, Aug. 4, causing hundreds of soldiers present to break ranks and scatter.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Venezuela and China have agreed to joint investments Maduro announced on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Illustration on Kelloggs' experience in Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the deteriorating Venezuela situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, photo, an anti-government demonstrator wearing a Russian military hat protests the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello said the military squashed a "terrorist" attack at a military base on Sunday, shortly after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues released a video declaring themselves in rebellion. (AP Photo/Wil Riera)

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Soldiers stop a vehicle, whose passengers kneel on the ground outside the car, as they detain the two passengers who were circulating on the Paramacay military base in Valencia, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. According to the government earlier in the day, troops quickly put down an attack at the army base in Venezuela on Sunday, clashing with a group that said it was out to “re-establish the constitutional order” but was dismissed by officials as a band of civilians working with a deserted lieutenant and a former officer. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)

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A government supporter dressed in a military uniform joins others outside the National Assembly as delegates of the new constitutional assembly are sworn-in, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is heading toward a showdown with his political foes, after seating a loyalist assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution and hold powers that override all other government branches. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Soldiers stop a vehicle, whose passengers hold their hands up, before detaining the two passengers who were circulating on the Paramacay military base in Valencia, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. According to the government earlier in the day, troops quickly put down an attack at the army base in Venezuela on Sunday, clashing with a group that said it was out to “re-establish the constitutional order” but was dismissed by officials as a band of civilians working with a deserted lieutenant and a former officer. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)

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Soldiers stop a vehicle, whose passengers kneel on the ground outside the car, as they detain the two passengers who were circulating on the Paramacay military base in Valencia, Venezuela, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. According to the government earlier in the day, troops quickly put down an attack at the army base in Venezuela on Sunday, clashing with a group that said it was out to “re-establish the constitutional order” but was dismissed by officials as a band of civilians working with a deserted lieutenant and a former officer. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shows his ballot after casting a vote for a constitutional assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30. (Miraflores Press Office via AP) ** FILE **