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one quite a last week called on the military to oust socialist president Nicolas Maduro thousands of supporters clashed with police and the White House cheered the move national security adviser John Bolton described the stakes in stark terms if this effort fails %HESITATION they will sink into a dictatorship from which %HESITATION there are very few possible alternatives it's a very delicate moment but the military high command stuck with Maduro the protests petered out and on Sunday U. S. secretary of state Mike Pompeii like knowledge to the reality on the ground we're not there yet where we will be successful till the day that we are we are determined to say the Venezuelan people have their marks or ads are fifty four other nations on Sunday why don't told The Washington Post he had over estimated his support among the armed forces and Maduro has made a point of standing shoulder to shoulder with the military and calling the protests of failed U. S. backed to on Saturday ten as well and state TV showed him reviewing training exercises , but the opposition hasn't given up over the weekend activists delivered memos to soldiers at a military base asking for their support this was the response , American ambitions foiled for now US officials last week were quick to blame Cuba and Russia for propping up Maduro we literally had Nicolas Maduro %HESITATION getting prepared to get on the airplane and had out of the country %HESITATION before stop stop really at the direction of the Russians this blame the Russians narrative was somewhat undercut on Friday when president Donald Trump suggested Russian leader Vladimir Putin and he shared the same goals yeah I I had a very good talk with president Putin probably %HESITATION over an hour and he is %HESITATION , not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela , and I feel the same way there seems to be a difference in how the president described the situation and how you and a **** Bolton have described it no no difference on Sunday Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov condemned what he called a campaign to overthrow Maduro and called on Washington to abandon its quote irresponsible plans Pompeii on Lavrov will meet in Finland on Monday