Potential military intervention in Venezuela is apparently on the US agenda, with a significant US naval and navy presence operating close to Colombia, threatening an invasion.
In a “Revolutionary Government Statement” issued by the Cuban government, one of President Nicolas Maduro’s main supporters, the United States was accused of planning to intervene in Venezuela under the pretext of a humanitarian crisis, claiming that recent events in the country amounted to a failed coup attempt so far.
“Between February 6 and 10, military transport planes flew to Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico, San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic and other strategically located Caribbean islands, possibly unbeknownst to the governments of those nations, ”the statement alleged. “These flights originate from US military installations from which special operations units and the Marine Corps operate, which are used for covert actions,” he said.
In addition, the preparation for the deployment of US military forces in Colombia has raised new concerns about possible US intervention. The latest reports suggest that the US Navy ships are quietly approaching Venezuela as they are about 5-7 days sailing from Colombian waters, just over 640 kilometers from the Venezuelan border.
US President Donald Trump reaffirmed earlier this month that military intervention in Venezuela was “an option.” The Venezuelan leader began a second six-year term on January 10, after winning elections in May that were boycotted by the opposition and rejected by 12 Latin American countries, including Colombia and Brazil.
US Vice President Mike Pence has largely taken the lead in the Trump administration in condemning Maduro. He called the inauguration a sham and made it clear that the United States does not recognize the election result.
Maduro reiterated his frequent warning that an American invasion is imminent. He accused US national security adviser John Bolton of overseeing a plot to replace him with a dictator. He alleged that Washington was using “dirty, blood-drained dollars from the American Empire” to train 734 mercenaries in neighboring Colombia to carry out the plot.
Meanwhile, President Maduro revealed in an interview with the Associated Press (AP) that his government has had secret talks with the Trump administration. Alternately conciliatory and combative, Maduro said all Venezuela needs to bounce back is for Trump to withdraw his “infected hand” from the country that sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves.
He also cited the continued support from China and in particular from Russia, which has been a major provider of loans, weapons and oil investments over the years. He said the opposing views taken by Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin risked turning the current crisis into a high-risk geopolitical fight between the United States and Russia that is reminiscent of some of the war’s most dangerous situations. cold.