US amasses special ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia to oust Maduro – Russian Security Council

By deploying troops and special ops forces to Puerto Rico and Colombia, Washington is getting ready to intervene in Venezuela and topple its leader, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said.

The US is “preparing for a military invasion” in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev told Russian media on Tuesday.

The relocation of American special forces’ units to Puerto Rico, the deployment of the US Army units to Colombia and other facts evidently show that Pentagon is enhancing its military in the region in order to use it in ousting… President [Nicolas] Maduro.

“The people of Venezuela understand this clearly,” Patrushev said, adding that this notion increases popular support for Maduro and drives the government to reject the aid offered by “an aggressor state.”

 
Maduro blocked delivery of US 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.

This led to clashes between police and protesters across the border with Colombia.

In recent months Washington stepped up pressure on Caracas, while openly backing opposition leader Juan Guaido.

President Donald Trump confirmed that use of the US Army in Venezuela is among the ‘options’ on the table.

Maduro has repeatedly accused the US of plotting a coup against him and staged military drills showcasing the army’s preparedness to defend the nation against foreign threats.

Spec ops in Puerto Rico, army in Colombia: US is 'preparing for a military invasion' in Venezuela

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Attack on Venezuela 1st step in US Attempt to Recolonize Latin America: Maduro

Speaking to HispanTV, the Venezuelan leader said U.S. President Donald Trump "has allowed himself to be led to an extremist position of foolishness."

The United States has relaunched its colonialist aspirations against Latin America, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned Thursday during an interview with the Iranian media HispanTV, adding that the Venezuelan military was ready to defend the independence and sovereignty of the Latin American nation.

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"America for Americans, that is, all our America for them, all our riches and all our power for them," Maduro said and added that Venezuela is currently at center of an imperialist attack "because they believe that, by reversing and destroying the Bolivarian Revolution, they will be able to recolonize and dominate the entire continent."

In Maduro's opinion, the U.S. President Donald Trump "has allowed himself to be led to an extremist position of foolishness, to an unattractive position. In addition, he has hinted his true desire to dominate, conquer, and subdue Venezuela."

The Venezuelan leader also denounced that, besides being part of the U.S. geopolitical aspirations in Latin America, Trump’s interventionist attitudes towards Venezuela are triggered by the desire to seize the country's enormous natural and mineral resources.

China opposes military intervention to in response to reports that the U.S. would support the Venezuelan opposition to deliver into Venezuela on Feb. 23.

"Trump's problem is" Venezuela's riches, oil, gold, gas, strategic minerals, wealth, water," to which the great strength of the country is added when it comes to controlling its own model economic, political, social and cultural "added Maduro.

According to President Maduro, most of the polls show that more than 90 percent of Venezuelans reject any U.S. military aggression. This is so because his nation is "united" around the rejection of Trump's statements.

Maduro emphasized that "Venezuela is for Venezuela," and pointed out that the entire offensive against his nation is "a test."

"I'm sure that these challenges and these tests will leave us more strengthened. I'm more than sure of that," he predicted.

Regarding the U.S. attempts to provoke a military uprising in Venezuela, President Maduro stated that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), which is ready to defend the homeland and is committed to the Constitution.

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Venezuela closes border with Brazil, may do the same at Colombia border – Maduro

Starting Thursday evening, Venezuela is closing its border with Brazil, President Nicolas Maduro has announced. He added the same measure may apply to the border with Colombia, though he does not want to order it.

The Venezuelan military was ordered to enforce the travel ban in airspace and on the sea until further notice, Maduro said  during a televised address from a military headquarters.

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Speaking about possible cut of border travel with Colombia, Maduro said he didn’t want to take such a decision but was considering it.

The restrictions come amid a tense stand-off over US attempts to deliver what Washington describes as humanitarian aid into Venezuela in defiance of the wishes of its government. The US considers Maduro usurper and recognizes as the head of state the self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, whose opposition group is the designated receiver of the ‘aid’.

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Earlier on Thursday Guaido said he will personally go to the border with Colombia to get the shipment from the US, urging drivers to go with him and defy the border guards ordered to prevent the delivery.

Maduro’s government is suspicious of the US stated plan to provide humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan opposition. US envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams has a record of using humanitarian convoys to smuggle arms to Latin American countries targeted for regime change by Washington, and Caracas says he is now trying to follow the same script in Venezuela.

BREAKING: and just disrupted Carlos Vecchio, illegitimate Venezuelan “president” Juan Guaido’s envoy to the US. The US is facilitating a coup that may very well lead to a civil war. We say: no coup, no civil war, no imperialism!

The confrontation over the shipment was also a major point of anti-Maduro media spin by Washington, which accused the Venezuelan president of barricading a border bridge only to stop aid from coming in. In reality the bridge was never operational, but the narrative was uncritically adopted by the US media.

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Both Brazil and Colombia serve as transit counties for Venezuela-bound American shipments. Sunday is the deadline given to Maduro by Guaido, presumably in coordination with the US, to allow the ‘humanitarian aid’ inside the country.

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Venezuelan President Leads Celebration For Angostura Bicentary

"The exercises for the 200 year anniversary of Angostura have started, the speech of Simon Bolivar where he established the doctrine for the independence, for the Republic, for the future," said the head of state.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro led Sunday the celebrations of the bicentenary anniversary Angostura 2019 with a military parade in the Fort Guaicaipuro in Charallave, central state of Miranda.
 

Along with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López and the Operational Commander Remigio Ceballos, Maduro supervised the anti-aerial defense system IGLA-S y ZU-23 and reviewed the Bolivarian National Militia.

“Aquí están los soldados de Bolívar que les harían pagar caro al imperio estadounidense cualquier osadía de tocar el sagrado suelo de la Patria venezolana”, enfatizó el jefe de Estado

"Here there are the Armed Forces, and here are the people ready to defend the honor, the dignity and the decorum of a Homeland that has been fighting for its future over 200 years. Back off Donald Trump and his threats!" he added.

1. En el marco de la Operación Cívico Militar Bicentenario de Angostura 2019, hoy he supervisado el Puesto de Comando de Comunicaciones para la Región, observando un elevado apresto Operacional al momento de establecer contacto con las diferentes Unidades Militares.

The exercises will take place until Feb. 15 in order to try the operational capacity of the armed forces along with the organized people, especially in relation to command, control, communication and planning, as well as the capacity of deployment of the Armed Forces, explained the head of the Strategic Operational Commandment of the armed forces Remigio Ceballos.

 

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Russia Proposes Venezuelan 'Peaceful Measures' Initiative to UN

Russia reiterated its support for democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro, and presented a 'peaceful measures' initiative to the United Nations Security Council regarding Venezuela. 

On Friday afternoon, Russia proposed a call to the United Nations Security Council, to end outside interference from the U.S. and it's allied nations.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hasn't shied-away from calling-on opposition forces to come to the negotiating table in a bid to engage in peaceful dialogue regarding the U.S.' attempted coup on the South American nation, and now Russia has suggested a new resolution to help Maduro protect the country's sovereignty against any possible foreign military intervention.

According to AP, Moscow's proposal calls for "resolving the political tensions in Venezuela through 'peaceful measures' based on a 'political settlement' without any preconditions or outside interference."

Reuters reported that, "The Russian draft would express concern over the attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction. It would also express concern over the threats to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Venezuela."

Furthermore, TeleSUR Spanish reported that the Russian ambassador to Uruguay, Nikolai Sofinski, confirmed his country's position to support the efforts being made by Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia and the Community of Caribbean States (CARICOM), to promote dialogue mechanisms between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition.

"We support all the initiatives that advocate dialogue as a means of solution, which advocate that the opposing sides agree without preconditions or impositions or interference of any kind," Sofinski told Russian public television network, Rossiya.

We reject the statements by the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó who welcomes a US military intervention in Venezuela. I wonder what the brothers presidents who recognized him have to say about such incitement to war in Latin America

Bolivian President Evo Morales gave his endorsement for peaceful dialogue, and later Tweeted his displeasure of the U.S.' attempts at a coup. "We reject the statements by the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó who welcomes a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. I wonder what the brothers' presidents who recognized him have to say about such incitement to war in Latin America."

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Maduro Asks International Community to End US's Threats of War

"Che, Fidel, Chavez, they are our heritage, they give us strength,” President Nicolas Maduro said.

Venezuela will not allow foreign soldiers to invade, President Nicolas Maduro said calling for dialogue with opposition forces during a televised speech Monday.

RELATED: Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US

"Che, Fidel, Chavez, they are our heritage, they give us strength,” the Bolivarian head of state said, reminding the crowd of supporters of the country’s past struggle for independence dating back to the colonial era to present day.

Since the attempted coup on Jan. 23 lead by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, the United States has aligned its forces with the self-proclaimed “interim president,” declaring his unconstitutional claim legitimate, triggering similar calls from its allies around the world and in South America.

Maduro said, "When our Comandante Chavez passed away, I became president, but my first act was to hold elections. I wasn't going to govern without elections...why has Sanchez Castejon governed for so long in Spain without convening elections?

Threats of militarized intervention have resurfaced as well as new rounds of suffocating sanctions against Venezuela, targeting the country’s oil companies in the United States. Although both the Lima Group and the European Union have rejected militarized force, they have recognized the Guaido’s claim and are calling for Maduro to abdicate in favor of a new election.

"The attacks against us from the so-called 'Lima Group' are also an attack on the whole left, on all progressives who they persecute in their countries," President Maduro said, describing the organization’s behavior as “disgusting and laughable.”

Regarding the repeated requests for intervention made by the Venezuelan opposition, the president said it was foolish for his homeland to encourage war.

"Those who march with the US flag asking for military intervention in their own country have no idea what they're asking for, they have no idea of the damage they will bring," said Maduro.

"In Venezuela, a battle is being played out for the right of all countries to pursue their own paths… I want to ask the world for the highest level of solidarity to create a powerful movement against the threats of war from the US,” the Bolivarian president said.

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Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US

During his national tour Venezuelan President Maduro says: 'I will defend this threatened country with my life.'

President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro continued collecting signatures from citizens from across the country for a petition calling for peace and non-intervention on behalf of United States President Donald Trump.

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During a speech Monday at the Day of National Dignity commemoration and the 27th anniversary of the military rebellion of 4F (Feb. 4, 1992), Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro swore before authorities, civilians and military that he will defend the homeland with his life against the coup d'etat that is hovering over the nation.

"I swear, 27 years after the awakening of our country that I will be loyal now and forever with dreams of independence and dignity, I swear that I will defend this threatened country with my life and will give peace and victory to the people," assured the president

From the early hours of the morning President Maduro along with president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello and Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez, marched through the streets of the city of Maracay in Aragua state and gave a speech at the historical Cuartel Paez military barracks.

"We are never going to give up our country. We will never surrender the Republic toYankee imperialism or any others try to step upon this soil disrespectfully. This town will never surrender — it is the land of Bolivar," said the head of state.

He also called on the people to stand firm "in permanent demonstration of conscience."

Maduro said: "We are subjected to a great psychological war, every day and every night." He encouraged those gathered to maintain "nerves of steel, calm and sanity, moral strength, conscience and demonstration to fulfill your role and mission."

Message to Pedro Sanchez

On Monday morning the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that the government officially recognized lawmaker of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela. The National Assembly has been in contempt since 2016. Maduro responded to Sanchez by saying that if something happens in the country, the prime minister’s "will have blood on his hands, will be stained in blood forever, and history will remember him as a president who put himself at the service of Donald Trump's war and interventionist policies."

President Maduro announced that starting Wednesday evening they will collect signatures in the Plaza Bolivar of each Venezuelan city for a letter to be sent to the U.S. demanding that Trump not intervene in Venezuela.

"Do you want to turn our Homeland into a colony of slaves and beggars? We reject this bad and cheap show from this oligarchy. They need mental help. Someday they may have a bit of decorum and dignity," said Maduro to crowds Monday.

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Venezuela's President Calls for Early Parliamentary Elections

Caracas, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) At a mass rally to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Bolivarian Revolution, President Nicolas Maduro has called to celebrate early Parliamentary elections as a way to curtail the US-backed coup and achieve peace and stability in Venezuela.

Maduro addressed a huge demonstration along Bolivar Avenue in downtown Caracas in his first open air speech since the failed assassination attempt last August on the same avenue.

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the government came out to rally to defend democracy and the Maduro administration.

'If you want, we want,' the Head of State told the opposition while calling for national legislative elections, a task he assigned to the President of the Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello.

Maduro emphasized his Government is determine to restore the legislative power and the legal, normal functions of Parliament whose opposition members are in contempt since 2016.

'Until when will they hurt the nation? It's enough of so much damage done to the Homeland!' The President stressed, urging the opposition to think on the consequences of their actions and inviting them to abandon interventionism.

'Stop shouting for war; stop calling for a foreign military intervention; stop backing a coup d'Etat that has already failed. It failed and you don't realize it. Revolution is governing here, and We will keep governing,' insisted Maduro.

The US administration called last weekend for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to condemn the Venezuelan government as a preamble for deepening political meddling and a military intervention, but 19 members of that body, out of 20, rejected Washington's maneuvering and called to respect Venezuela.

Most of the UN 191 members have recognized the Maduro administration as legitimate and a democratically elected government.

On efforts to restore peace and political order in the nation, the Head of State thanked the initiatives presented by the governments of Mexico, Uruguay and Bolivia to set up a negotiating table among all sides in an effort to secure democracy in Venezuela.

With regards to military defense of the nation, Maduro appealed to deepening the civil-military unity, and called on all the forces to take part in the military drills on the Bicentennial of Angostura, slated for February 10 through 15. 'They will be the most important in the nation's history', he pointed out.

He called on militiamen to join the Boliviarian National Armed Forces as regular soldiers or the Bolivarian National Guard as active members.

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