Lavrov blasts USA attempts to create pretext for military intervention in Venezuela

Lavrov blasts USA attempts to create pretext for military intervention in Venezuela”

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said cracks already are appearing in Maduro's support among the Venezuelan armed forces, with some 100 desertions during the weekend when the military blocked the entry of humanitarian aid at the borders with Colombia and Brazil.

The US has not announced any concrete plans for military intervention but says no options are ruled out. Many have watched with dismay as supporters of both sides have sought to funnel aid to the advantage of one or other of the rival parties, some trying to back the government of Maduro, others the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, the self-declared interim president, who is championed by the US.

Instead, he stuck to traditional policy tools that so far have only hardened Maduro's resolve.

During a meeting with Venezuelan migrant families in Bogota, Pence said the USA will continue to provide assistance to the families and will stand with Guaido.

In the Haiti statement, the Security Council expressed concern about "violent demonstrations and the death of innocent civilians", reaffirmed its commitment to work with the country's government and people "towards a more secure and prosperous future" and underscored the importance of key "actors" to engage "in good faith" on political, social and economic issues. "It demands that the Venezuelan government guarantees our right to inform, as well as the physical integrity of journalists operating in Venezuela, as established by worldwide agreements and local legislation".

Colombian President Ivan Duque told the body the desertions showed there are cracks inside the Venezuelan armed forces and called for a "domino effect" of more defections.

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"We are watching closely the reports about what is really happening there".

"Being permissive with the usurpation of power would be a threat to democracy in all of America", Guaido said.

"Under no circumstances (has) the term military force been used", he said.

Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said the attempted aid delivery over the weekend was like an "illegal state border crossing" that amounted to a "forced feeding".

The Venezuelan army was not involved in the repression, a sign it was not prepared to shoot at its people, said Araujo, who was speaking alongside Mourão.

Commenting on the recent politicisation of aid efforts to Venezuela, DiCarlo said the United Nations was coordinating efforts to deliver assistance as close as possible to Venezuelans in need.

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