Venezuela blocks border as Maduro tries to keep troops on side

Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro Guaido conflict

Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro Guaido conflict

The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro's side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries.

Maduro confirmed that he is ready to hold early parliamentary elections in the country in order to end the ongoing political crisis. The first shipment includes food kits for 5,000 Venezuelans and high-protein nutritional supplements that can treat an estimated 6,700 young children with moderate malnutrition.

Maduro's government has accused Guaido, who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition, of attempting to stage a USA -directed coup. "And there are a number of countries who are willing to accept him".

'The revolution is more alive than ever, ' Maduro said. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY, "humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives".

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who requested the worldwide assistance, said it is necessary in a country racked by shortages of basic goods.

The United States has urged the countries of the world to recognize Guaidó as the country's president.

Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro wait in line to attend a gathering in support of the government in Caracas, Venezuela, February 7, 2019.

Former Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina, who broke with President Nicolas Maduro in July 2017, says he strongly supports the courage of opposition leader Juan Guaido and wants the Trump administration to keep the military option on the table.

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Maduro appeared on state TV Wednesday evening wearing a white lab coat demonstrating what he considers Venezuela's modern health care system in clinics countrywide - without mentioning attempts to block medical supplies at the border.

More defiantly, the socialist president contends that the aid is part of a USA -led coup against him, with a goal to colonize Venezuela and exploit its vast oil resources.

"It depends on what they're offering", Farnsworth said.

Abrams, a long time Republican foreign policy player who helped steer Ronald Reagan's controversial backing of anti-communist forces in Central America - said that countries should only deal with Guaido.

Venezuelan volunteers, Colombian firefighters and rescue workers prepare USAID humanitarian aid for storage at a warehouse next to the Tienditas International Bridge, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognise Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals. Since Fiscal Year 2017, the United States has provided more than $140 million-including almost $97 million in humanitarian assistance, and approximately $43 million in development and economic assistance-to support the generous efforts of affected countries to host displaced Venezuelans. But Maduro has refused calls for him to step down, insisting Washington is orchestrating a coup against his government.

"People, people and more people bringing in humanitarian aid". Her sign reads, "In the name of God, we declare peace and freedom for our attractive Venezuela".

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