US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen.
"Russia has to get out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying nearly 100 Russian troops.
The US government believes the troops include special forces and cybersecurity personnel.
Government is maintaining its position of non-interference in Venezuelan affairs after Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses attended a Caricom meeting in Barbados to participate in a conference call with Venezuela's self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido.
Moses told the media on Sunday that he does not rule out talks with Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. On Saturday, Moses attended a previously undisclosed meeting with other regional Foreign Affairs Ministers in Barbados and participated in the video call.
T&T’s Prime Minister Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the leaders of two other countries who recently sought peace in Venezuela’s crisis aren’t among the five Caribbean leaders who’ve been invited to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow on issues, including Venezuela.
While Rowley wasn’t on that invitation list, as word of Trump’s meeting was announced by the White House yesterday, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello held discussions with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at her Port-of-Spain office.
Ten illegal Venezuelan immigrants, including five children, have been detained at the Cedros Police Station after being found wandering on the Galfar beach after coming off a boat.
A source said the family was forced to sleep on the floor of the station as they awaited processing by the Immigration Division.
It is uncertain why the children, aged four to ten, were not put under the care of the Child Protection Unit at the Oropouche Police Station.
One year amnesty for Venezuelans nearer?
The National Security Ministry’s proposed register for Venezuelans in T&T will be discussed in Cabinet next week.
At the post-cabinet media briefing, National Security Minister Stuart Young said a note will be taken to Cabinet on the issue then.
Former Archbishop Joseph Harris on Wednesday pleaded with citizens to be compassionate and caring to Venezuelans who have been coming to our shores out of destitution, ill health, hunger and political strife.
Harris made the comment one day after National Security Minister Stuart Young announced an amnesty to Venezuelans residing here to register legally and possibly work for one year in T&T.
Young warned those who fail to register will feel the full brunt of the law.