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Amid unrest flights between US and Venezuela suspended

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The on Wednesday suspended all flights between US and in the wake of a severe political crisis in the Latin American nation, as per the

"The public interest requires an immediate suspension of between the and Venezuelan airports. Therefore...I am suspending the authority of all US air carriers and foreign air carriers to provide to or from Venezuelan airports," Sputnik quoted Elaine Chao, the

Both passenger and cargo flights will be suspended in the wake of the latest notification.

Earlier this year, declared himself as the of the nation, even though already had an elected President, Guaido was immediately supported by the United States, who recognise him as the official of the nation.

Over 50 also recognise Guaido as the A few like and Japan, amongst others, called for fresh elections to be held the nation, as they view the polls which propelled Maduro to power as rigged.

However, Maduro has refused to step down from his post, citing the support of the Venezuelan military time and again. He has slammed foreign, especially US, interference in Venezuela's internal matters, along with holding US responsible for plotting coup attempts against him.

He also held responsible for the major blackouts which struck most provinces in the nation -- a claim which has been denied by the US.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 01:36 IST