Last Friday, a group of countries led by the US met in the United Nations headquarters in NY to discuss a separate draft resolution regarding the Venezuelan crisis which TASS quoted as expressing "full support" for the Venezuelan National Assembly led by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido as the country's "only democratically elected institution".
Guaido has offered amnesty for any members of the armed forces who disavows Maduro - but the military leadership still publicly backs the president.
"There are people responsible for this and the regime should know it", Guaido said after attending Sunday mass with his wife and 20-month-old baby. The shipment of United States aid is now in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border. They have not yet announced how they plan for the aid to enter if the military does not consent.
The large-scale military exercise, which is being held in the country's 200-year history, will continue until February 15.
The declaration came on the heels on a statement from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that all proceeds from sales of Venezuelan crude to U.S. refiners would be withheld unless PDVSA recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of the country, which the company has not done so far.
The doctors protested on the Colombia side of the border, saying they would face repercussions for holding a similar demonstration on the Venezuelan side.
Speaking to AFP Friday, Guaido vowed to do "whatever necessary" to "stop the usurpation" of power and "save lives" - without ruling out the possibility of authorizing foreign intervention.
"Democracy is closer than ever before, the future is ours", he said.
But Maduro, who has asked Pope Francis to act as a mediator, rejected what he said was "bias" by the group. The European Union has encouraged member countries to recognize a new temporary government led by Guaido until new elections can be held.
Over recent weeks, millions of Venezuelans have rallied around their president, Juan Guaidó, recognized by the US and dozens of democracies around the world as the nation's legitimate leader following his constitutionally approved inauguration on January 23.