Venezuela's Maduro launches large-scale war game amid crisis

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

He has vowed not to let in "fake" aid from the United States requested by opposition leader, which is being stockpiled at the border with Colombia.

The U.S. and many European countries have recognized Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, while Maduro is supported by Russia, China, and Turkey.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime should know it", Guaido said after attending Sunday Mass.

Trump has not ruled out USA military action for Venezuela, but has not specified under what circumstances he would send in US forces.

The military exercises, which mark the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Angostura, will continue through Friday.

Doctors at the demonstration said the food and medicine from the aid could be immediately used to befit their patients.

Guaido countered that the regime was refusing to acknowledge a "crisis that they themselves generated", while Venezuelans were working to deal with the humanitarian emergency.

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He urged his fellow soldiers to help allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

Suffering the worst crisis of its modern history, Venezuelans have had to grapple with life-threatening scarcities amid eye-popping levels of hyperinflation that have rendered salaries and savings worthless.

There are more than 8 million barrels of Venezuelan crude idling all over the Gulf of Mexico in an area that stretches from USA coast to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, according to cargo-tracking and market intelligence company Kpler.

But Guaido on Sunday reiterated that he would not negotiate with Maduro - as he believes Maduro would use such talks to buy himself time. "The path to sanctions relief for PdVSA is through the expeditious transfer of control to the Interim President or a subsequent, democratically elected government", Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin said.

It further "calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with worldwide electoral observation, in line with Venezuela's constitution".

But Maduro, who has asked Pope Francis to act as a mediator, rejected what he said was "bias" by the group.

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the U.S. and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

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