Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian official accuses USA of preparing military intervention in Venezuela

Russian official accuses USA of preparing military intervention in Venezuela

Maduro blocked delivery of United States government-sponsored humanitarian aid, dismissing the move as a PR stunt and highlighting fears that Washington might use it as an opportunity to smuggle weapons into the country.

The safety of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is at risk as he prepares to return to his country and embattled President Nicolas Maduro remains in power, the top USA envoy for the crisis told the United Nations Security Council.

Before the council meeting, he told reporters that USA policy "is to use as much diplomatic and economic and political pressure as we can" along with the countries backing Guaido "to support the Venezuelan people's desire for democracy".

Vecchio wrote in a tweet that he met with Trump when the president made a speech in Florida.

Following the Lima Group meeting Monday, Duque said the way to deal with the Venezuela crisis is through diplomacy - not war.

The US has led a diplomatic campaign in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido who has declared himself interim president and is recognised by about 50 countries.

Maduro's regime has already denounced the United States for its delivery of aid and support of Guaido.

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said cracks already are appearing in Maduro's support among the Venezuelan armed forces, with some 100 desertions during the weekend when the military blocked the entry of humanitarian aid at the borders with Colombia and Brazil.

Both US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence, who attended the meeting, have stated that "all options are on the table" regarding the effort to remove Maduro from power.

Ramos later said he had attempted to show Mr Maduro a video of Venezuelans eating out of the back of a rubbish lorry, which he had filmed two days earlier in Caracas.

DiCarlo noted that while supplies sent by Russian Federation and China have entered the country, in coordination with the Venezuelan government, supplies from the U.S. and other countries have been stockpiled at the Colombian and Brazilian borders.

In the Haiti statement, the Security Council expressed concern about "violent demonstrations and the death of innocent civilians", reaffirmed its commitment to work with the country's government and people "towards a more secure and prosperous future" and underscored the importance of key "actors" to engage "in good faith" on political, social and economic issues. "We call on member states to consider what resources and tools they have to contribute to Venezuelan democracy and to pressure the illegitimate Maduro regime to peacefully step down", Abrams said.

"Lets call a spade a spade, this is not humanitarian assistance", he said. "Everyone without exception should respect this, including the United States", he said.

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