Russia Claims U.S. Preparing Military Invasion of Venezuela

Russia Claims U.S. Preparing Military Invasion of Venezuela

Russia Claims U.S. Preparing Military Invasion of Venezuela

Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela's Minister of the People's Power for Foreign Affairs, called upon the council to adopt a resolution rejecting the use of force, or the threat of such use, against his country, during a meeting attended by almost 40 member states of the UN.

In a highly charged debate at the United Nations on Tuesday, U.S. Special Envoy on Venzuela Elliott Abrams accused Russian Federation of reviving Cold War policies and warned that Guaido's safety is at risk.

The United States targeted Venezuela's government with new sanctions on Monday and called on allies to freeze the assets of state-owned PDVSA after deadly violence blocked humanitarian aid from reaching the country over the weekend.

"We have information that companies from the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are considering the possibility of buying a large batch of weapons in one of the Eastern European countries in order to provide them to the Venezuelan opposition", she said.

The draft resolution is expected to be put to a vote Thursday afternoon, a council diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an expected announcement.

By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative created to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in remarks on Tuesday that the U.S.'s decision to deploy military forces to Puerto Rico and Colombia was a sign they are soon preparing to remove Maduro by force.

But the Russian measure, which expresses "concern over the threats to use force" against Venezuela, is unlikely to garner the nine votes for adoption, according to diplomats. "For democracy to return and for Venezuela to rebuild-Maduro must go #VenezuelaLibre" Pence tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

"What is needed are actions that promote transition and the holding of free, transparent elections with global monitoring in order to guarantee as soon as possible the establishment of democracy in Venezuela". It also speaks of the need to ensure the security of members of the political opposition, which is backed by Washington.

A Venezuelan child stands at a checkpoint near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in La Parada, Colombia, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, on the border with Venezuela whose government closed the bridge to block aid from entering.

A statement from Guaido's envoy to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said he would also meet "a number of representatives of the diplomatic delegations in Brasilia (that) have recognized him as Venezuela's legitimate interim president".

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