By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Maduro administration accuses the United States, Brazil, and Colombia of preparing for military intervention, says Russian News Agency TASS.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez is reported to have said that these countries intend to ignore the will of the Venezuelan people and launch a military offense.
US and Brazilian officials declined to comment.
An overview of the Venezuela situation
On January 23, Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself as the country’s acting president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States.
On January 28, the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA oil company.
Guaidó was recognized as interim president by Lima Group countries (with the exception of Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States.
Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis.
Maduro was supported by Russia, China, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Turkey.
Belarus, and China, officially called for resolving all issues by “peaceful” means and spoke against any interference from the outside.
The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.
In January 2019, Brazilian generals ruled out military intervention in Venezuela.