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Guaido Announces ‘Deadline’ For Entry Of US Humanitarian Aid, US Military Commander Meets Brazilian Army Top Brass

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Guaido Announces 'Deadline' For Entry Of US Humanitarian Aid, US Military Commander Meets Brazilian Army Top Brass

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On February 12th, US-proclaimed Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido gave a deadline for the entry of US humanitarian aid in the country, it is February 23rd “one month after Venezuelans took an oath.”

He also uploaded a selfie with a mass of protesters.

“Despite the difficulty and that we are going through the deepest crisis, we do not surrender. We’re going to be on the street! I took this photo today to show the world the faces of hope and to believe in ourselves again.”

Meanwhile, after a day of rest and insults of Iran’s 40 year anniversary celebrations, US National Security John Bolton returned to his harsh rhetoric towards the Venezuelan government and President Nicolas Maduro.

He retweeted Guaido’s post, also adding that these protesters are apparently demonstrating “to honor student protestors who have died at the hands of Maduro’s thugs.”

He also lost no time in blaming “Maduro’s Cuban Patrons.”

USAID’s Mark Green also announced additional US humanitarian aid for Venezuela, this new batch is specifically targeted at 10,000 Venezuelan school children, who will be fed by it for a month.

Separately, SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Craig Faller had a meeting with Brazil’s Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, Air Force General Raul Botelho, & service chiefs. Security issues and the US commitment for future cooperation was part of the discussion.

It may be that attempting to enter Venezuela only from the Colombian border is not enough, after all one of the points of entry for US humanitarian aid as per Guaido himself is the border crossing with Brazil.

Meanwhile, the starving school children on February 12th went out on a march, as per Maduro’s twitter account. They celebrated National Youth Day in the country.

Maduro had an interview with BBC. In it he spoke of the political war that the US extreme right is waging against Venezuela. He also accused the Bank of England of Robbery.

He also asked BBC’s Orla Guerin: Are you an objective journalist or you only come here to verify your war campaign, the BBC’s war campaign, and the western campaign against Venezuela? The transcript of the exchange is the following:

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s oil minister Manuel Quevedo, who is also the head of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA said that the country wants to sell more crude oil to India. He also said that US sanctions have resulted in a $20 billion loss to the country’s economy.

John Bolton issued a warning to all companies and countries that support “Maduro’s theft of Venezuelan resources.”

But finding customers in Asia may be difficult, analysts said, as Washington uses its political and financial clout to pressure countries to stay clear of dealing with PDVSA.

Barclays bank addressed the issue in a special report on Venezuela.

“Considering all the difficulties that Venezuela faces in delivering oil to other markets and the legal, reputational and financial risks confronting traders or counterparties that do business with it under the current conditions,” the bank wrote, “it seems unlikely that all production can, in short order, go to other markets.”

On February 12th, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow is raising the issue of joining the International Contact Group on Venezuela “at least” as an observer.

“We raised the issue before the organizers of a conference in Montevideo from the very start,” he said. “We are interested in Russia’s joining it at least as an observer,” the senior diplomat added.

According to the official, recent contacts in Montevideo within the framework of a Mexico-Uruguay initiative set up a contact group with the participation of the EU and some Latin American countries. They were, however, not backed unanimously by the international community. “Forces have appeared that call in question the expediency of these efforts,” he explained.

“However, work to establish a dialogue between the government and the opposition forces has no alternatives for us,” the diplomat stressed. “And those who are ready to help them, and we are also among them, must now get into gear,” Ryabkov added.

He said that Moscow has already come up with a series of proposals to Caracas.

“We maintain very important contact with the authorities of this country,” and are ready to “help find the way out of the situation,” the diplomat said. “I can assure you that different kinds of offers are being made and have been made to our Venezuelan friends,’ Ryabkov said.

“But the main question is what will be the result,” he stressed. “It is necessary to counter a destructive course of a certain group of states with the US at the head with a sensible alternative,” the diplomat added.

On February 13th, Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya described the UNSC draft resolution on Venezuela as “completely unbalanced.”

“It is completely unbalanced,” the diplomat told reporters on Tuesday.

He described the current situation in general as “a very unfortunate attempt to interfere in the politics of a sovereign country.”

TASS reported it had obtained a copy of the draft resolution and it calls for new presidential elections in the country. In contrast Moscow called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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