The United States has shared with its UN Security Council allies a draft resolution calling for international aid to be delivered in Venezuela and for a presidential vote to take place.
While no date has yet been set for a vote on the American draft and negotiations are ongoing, Russia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its support for Nicolas Maduro's regime, AFP has reported, citing a diplomat.
The text, a copy of which was obtained by AFP on February 9th, expresses, "full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela."
The legislative body's chairman, Juan Guaido, has declared himself interim president of Venezuela, challenging Maduro's rule.
The draft resolution stresses, "deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters."
It also, "calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with international electoral observation, in line with Venezuela's constitution."