Venezuela's Maduro vows to block 'fake' aid 'spectacle'

Leroy Wright
February 9, 2019

"I'm ready and willing to receive any envoy from the contact group", Maduro told a press conference on Friday at the presidential palace, though he rejected the "partisan, ideological" lens through which its members view the oil-rich nation, reports Efe news.

He accused the Trump administration of trying to violate national sovereignty by co-ordinating the shipment of hundreds of tonnes of medicines, medical equipment and nutritional supplements.

Mr Guaido also dismissed Mr Maduro's claim that a civil war could break out if the United States intervenes militarily in Venezuela.

A day after the USA aid convoy arrived in the border city of Cucuta, Maduro ridiculed the Americans for offering small amounts of assistance while maintaining sanctions that block some $10 billion of offshore assets and revenue.

Romania's president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president nearly a week after other European Union countries recognized him. But it is not clear when or whether the aid will reach people inside the country.

Early Wednesday, a Venezuelan military boat carrying 100 tons (tonnes) of aid landed in Havana to help Cubans recovering from the wrath of a tornado.

Venezuela is in the midst of an economic and political crisis as Maduro, who was reelected to a second in May 2018, attempts to maintain power.

At the end of January, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against the Maduro government and his allies.

Millions of Venezuelans have migrated, and those left behind struggle to afford scarce supplies of food and medicine.

"It tries to cover up what is the biggest crime committed, the crime of stealing resources through the blockade and the sanctions of the United States government on Venezuela".

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Venezuelan interim president Juan Guaido once again urged the military Friday to let humanitarian aid into the country and said those who don't are "wretched".

Speaking at the opening of the meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela, Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, underscored the importance of avoiding violence and armed conflicts.

The embattled Venezuelan leader dug in further Friday, contending the aid is part of a coup being orchestrated by the USA government.

"The humanitarian aid has become a show to justify an invasion of the country", Maduro said.

"If the White House's goal is regime change in Venezuela, which appears to be the case, then they should be concerned that their actions are generating a backlash against the U.S.in Venezuela and in the region", said Main.

"Take all that humanitarian aid and give it to the people of Cucuta, where there is a lot of need", Maduro said.

In a statement, it called them "sycophants" and accused them of submitting to a United States "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government". "Humanitarian aid does not substitute for the economy of a country".

Huizenga said Friday that the committee has asked to send a mission to Venezuela, and has seen informal signs that this might be agreed.

Guaido has claimed 300,000 people could die if Maduro doesn't allow the humanitarian aid to enter.

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