Venezuela's Supreme Court has banned opposition leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and frozen his bank accounts.
The move comes amid an escalating power struggle, after Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president last week.
He has been backed by the US and other countries. President Nicolás Maduro has major allies too, including Russia.
Mr Maduro said in an interview that he was prepared to hold negotiations with the opposition.
"I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table with the opposition so that we could talk for the good of Venezuela," he told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti in Caracas.
Mr Maduro ruled out an early presidential election - saying the next one was not due until 2025 - but said he would support early parliamentary elections as "a good form of political discussion".
Juan Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion of democracy, he has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization.
The right-wing opposition leader that the United States is trying to undemocratically install as Venezuela’s president immediately set his sights on the country’s state-owned oil company, which he is hoping to restructure and move toward privatization. He is also seeking money from the notorious International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fund his unelected government.
Britain rejected Venezuela’s request to withdraw $1.2bn in gold stored in the UK, according to reports. It was enough for the self-declared and US-backed ‘president’, Juan Guaido, to support the alleged move. The Bank of England blocked Venezuela’s attempts to retrieve $1.2 billion worth of gold stored as the nation’s foreign reserves in Britain, sources told Bloomberg on Friday.
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