The Venezuelan Armed Forces have been placed on alert to pre-empt potential “unconventional” warfare actions by the US, which seeks to overthrow the government with attacks on public services, the country’s president Nicolas Maduro stressed.
“Venezuela is demonstrating to the world that it is a testing ground for new cybernetic, electromagnetic war weapons and a new war strategy, which is not the direct invasion or bombing by missiles, but the bombing of vital public services,” the president said.
Maduro added that the situation in the country remains “serious” amid continued blackouts.
He said that the US-backed opposition is participating in “criminal plans” to take advantage of such a scenario of chaos to assassinate him and other loyal supporters. Maduro also said there are plans to “attack military units.”
The president revealed that he had placed the intelligence and counterintelligence bodies on highest alert. He also called on the mobilized 51,000 popular defense units, comprising some 2.1 million volunteers, to help the military deal with potential threats.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, Russian Foreign Minitser Sergey Lavrov said that the situation over Venezuela will not escalate into a new Caribbean Crisis or turn the country into “a second Syria.”
“We don’t accept the methods, with which the US is trying to improve the life of the Venezuelan people,” Lavrov said.
The foreign minister added that even those countries on the continent that oppose Maduro and want a snap election in Venezuela got “really stressed out” over US threats to use force against Venezuela.
“I guarantee you that if there’ll be an attempt of a military intervention, the vast majority of Latin American states will outright reject it,” he said.
“I don’t think that the Caribbean Crisis will be recreated,” Lavrov stressed adding that “there can also be no talk about ‘a second Syria’ in Venezuela.”
Both China and Russia also provide Venezuela with humanitarian aid. According to the country’s health minister Carlos Alvarado, Venezuela will be receiving an average of 100 containers with medicines from both China and Russia monthly until the end of 2019.
The US describes this attitude as a ‘hostile approach’.
“You know the history of how Russia moves around. You know the history of Russia’s efforts here in the Western Hemisphere. Sadly, the previous administration allowed the Russians to have influence in Cuba and other places throughout the Western Hemisphere. We are very focused on pushing back against that”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated during an interview with journalist Hugh Hewitt.
Pompeo said that Russian efforts are directed not only at Venezuela, but also at other South American states as well, such as Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, and Colombia. He noted that he would be discussing this “threat” with heads of these countries during his upcoming trip to the region.
The state department added that the US had previously attempted to convince Moscow to “leave” Venezuela, calling the presence of Russian military specialists in the country a “threat”, but without success.
“It’s, I’ve tried to convince them it’s not in their best interest. I think I failed at that. And so now we will turn to the other tools of American power to ensure that the Venezuelan people get a chance to have the democracy they deserve”, he said.
In other words, the US will continue its hostile policy against Venezuela and is set to battle any countries opposing it.
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