Military from the United States began to deliver humanitarian aid to a Colombian city near the Venezuelan border on Saturday to boost relief plans that have become a cornerstone of the quest for President Nicholas Maduro.
C-17 freighters will transport thousands of food supplements and hygiene kits from near Miami to Kukuta, the main hundred million dollars of humanitarian aid that Venezuelan opposition leaders and their international supporters hope to cross the border.
n. Maduro, who accused the United States of arms, has blocked the main roads connecting the two nations near Cúcuta and has put its armed forces on a high level to counter what he calls "sparks and provocations." Venezuela's future has lasted for weeks, Mr Maduro and his enemies are fighting for the support of the armed forces commanders who have so far remained loyal to the authoritarian leader of the country.
generals and many leaders of Maduro's unlawful payment through illicit drug trafficking, money laundering and any number of businesses in the oil industry, "said Admiral Fleur. "Maduro bought their loyalty."
The military from the United States has come to the conclusion that more than 1,000 Cuban military and intelligence advisers working with the Russian government have contributed to the maintenance of the faithful Venezuelan military soldiers faithful to Mr Maduro.
While Venezuelan ranked members have stood the hunger and deprivation that a large part of the population is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis, the country's large general corps and other senior officers have so far refused to support a plan to expel the country. and Maduro and help the opposition leaders call for new elections.
Venezuelan troops are more than twice as generals and senior officers as military in the US, which is exponentially bigger. Cuba and Russia have condemned the plan to expel Mr. Maduro from power as an orchestrated coup from America.
The opposition to the future of Venezuela began a month ago when the new opposition leader, Juan Guido, announced a roadmap to remove Mr. Maduro from power. He raised the specter of a military confrontation that could directly engage the United States in its first conflict in the region over the last decades.
The Trump administration has not ruled out the use of military force in Venezuela, as it firmly backed Guaido's claim that the Constitution empowers him to serve as a temporary leader while a new vote can be held
. . Meanwhile, Maduro has spent most of his time in the last few weeks shot and filmed surrounded by his troops in order to announce that he is backed by a loyal, well trained and deadly force. While the impasse continues, officials from Southcom's Miami-based regional command of the Latin American operations are preparing plans for a series of potential missions in Venezuela, US officials say. evacuate US diplomats in Caracas, reinforce security in the embassy, and turbulence in the country's humanitarian delivery plan that Mr Maduro has hindered so far.
The State Department last month ordered most of its employees in Venezuela and their relatives to come home. He kept a small team in a place that might need to be pulled quickly if the security situation suddenly gets worse.
"We are ready to protect US life and protect the diplomatic facility in Venezuela," Admiral Fleur said in a series of interviews. during a trip to Brazil in which he discussed the crisis with senior military officials. "There are a number of options that are on the table."
Once it became clear to opposition leaders that the military was leaning on Mr. Maduro after Mr. Guaydo declared himself the right leader on January 23rd.
But Mr Maduro and his allies barricaded the road at a border crossing point with Colombia to prevent trucks from entering their country
Freddie Bernal, a loyalist from Maduro who was recently sent to the border, admitted that the Venezuelan military would be surpassed if the US questioned its military to deliver aid. But he warned that such a solution had the potential to ignite an armed conflict that would destabilize the region for years. "Of course they can invade us, they are used to killing millions in Iraq, Libya, Syria and elsewhere," said Mr Bernal. "They have spent seven years to help Syria and watch the country."
Mr. Bernal said the Venezuelan government is aware of losing an armed conflict with the United States. "But are we ready to die to defend the country?" Yes, we are ready to do so. "
The Trump administration hinted at the possibility of using force to tilt the balance in favor of the opposition. National Security Adviser John Bolton was recently filmed with a note in which he wrote "5000 soldiers in Colombia." When asked about this phrase, the White House said "all possibilities are on the table."
Admiral Falher said it would be premature to discuss whether US troops could be tasked with providing assistance to Venezuelan soil, which would entail significant risks in a nation caught up with weapons.
But he said the US military was trying to get help for people in experimental circumstances as examples of examples of the latest natural disasters in Asia.
Rebecca Chavez, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere during the Obama administration, said that it is likely that the US Army will be attracted to the Venezuelan crisis, as the struggle for power between the United States, Mr. Maduro and Mr. Guaydo escalated.
But, she says, "any unilateral military intervention in Venezuela will be a huge mistake." If the US military ends up providing assistance or engaging in a peacekeeping mission, Ms Chavez said that this should happen as part of a coalition leaders in key Latin American nations, including Brazil, Colombia and Chile, have made this prospect more acceptable than in recent years, but officials in Colombia and Brazil have so far expressed deep reservations about military missions in Venezuela
(19659002) Matilde Sandoval, a 57-year-old Ureña merchant near the Colombian border, attended a recent rendezvous rally, holding a good sign in English came to my country. "Mrs. Sandoval said she dreamed of looking at the American Marines who poured into her country to break the deadlock.
"We, the Venezuelans, need help," she said. We are busy. "