Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela's interim president last month, is in a test of wills with the Venezuelan military and government of President Nicolas Maduro, which has blocked the aid from entering the country.

A man holds a banner that reads "Thank you worldwide community" near a warehouse where humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being stored near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 8, 2019. The military's backing is critical to the sway of power in Venezuela. He did not say from where or whom they came.

Maduro and his "corrupt regime" has been backed into a corner and will soon crumble, with or without outside help, because 90 percent of the population are fed up and want change - and the army will soon too side with Venezuelan people, Guaido claimed.

The sanctions gave USA oil companies working in Venezuela, including Chevron and oil service firms Halliburton Co HAL.N , General Electric Co's Baker Hughes BHGE.N and Schlumberger NV SLB.N , a deadline to halt all operations in the South American country.

"Get out Donald Trump, get out his threats!", Maduro said. He says he will not allow this "show".

Tensions rose when opposition leader Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23, a move which was supported by the US and many European and Latin American countries. Maduro has denounced Guaido as a US puppet seeking to foment a coup. The United States has since been joined by a majority of Western nations.

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Humanitarian aid sent by the U.S. recently arrived in the Colombian city of Cucuta at the border with Venezuela, but Maduro has refused to let in the shipments.

There has been no sign of the aid that is being stockpiled in Cucuta leaving the warehouse.

Responding to a question on possible Russian military assistance to Venezuela, Shchetinin said no such request had been voiced by Caracas.

Brazil has not yet commented on whether aid is being gathered at any point there.

"They are going inside Venezuela and they will have food and drugs".

Meanwhile, Lester Toledo, coordinator of global humanitarian aid for the opposition, told Reuters on Monday he received approval from the Netherlands to speak with the local governments of Aruba and Curacao about setting up an aid center there.

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