Mexican President Urges to Provide Aid to Venezuela Without Political Intentions

Eerie photo sums up humanitarian crisis facing starving Venezuela

Eerie photo sums up humanitarian crisis facing starving Venezuela

Venezuela's collapse under U.S. sanctions and the rule of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, with the country plunged into poverty and driving some 3 million people to flee overseas, has led to further USA intervention in backing opposition leader Juan Guaido after he declared himself president last month.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton first raised alarm about deploying US forces to the region when he carried a notepad with a handwritten notation saying "5,000 troops to Colombia" during a news briefing about Venezuela oil sanctions.

The United States said Thursday it was revoking visas of Venezuelan lawmakers seated by President Nicolas Maduro as it criticised European and Latin American countries for seeking dialogue with the embattled leader.

Millions of Venezuelans have migrated, and those left behind struggle to afford scarce supplies of food and medicine.

Guaido, the National Assembly speaker, has so far been recognised by around 40 countries since declaring himself interim president on January 23.

A day after the aid convoy arrived in the border city of Cucuta, President Nicolas Maduro ridiculed the United States for offering small amounts of assistance while maintaining sanctions that block some $10 billion of offshore assets and revenue.

Critics accuse Maduro, Chavez's hand-picked successor, of unfairly winning an election last year for a second six-year term by banning his popular rivals from running. Some anti-Maduro leaders are jailed and others have fled Venezuela fearing for their safety.

He claims that as head of the opposition-led National Assembly he is Venezuela's rightful leader because Maduro's re-election a year ago was a sham. He's managed to rally masses of Venezuelans into the streets to show their support, and he's won backing from almost 50 countries worldwide, including the United States.

Maduro's government has accused Guaido, who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition, of attempting to stage a US -directed coup. The first shipment includes food kits for 5,000 Venezuelans and high-protein nutritional supplements that can treat an estimated 6,700 young children with moderate malnutrition.

"Venezuela will not allow the show of ... humanitarian aid because we do not beg from anyone", Maduro told reporters.

He did not provide any details on how the United States military might respond.

He added that the government was ready to talk to "whomever and whenever". And the European Union is doomed, Mogherini will fail if she listens to and follows what Venezuelan right-wing extremists say.

"He's got friends in places like Cuba and Russia", Abrams said.

"We expect more to come", U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker said.

Venezuela's government on Friday said the United States should distribute humanitarian aid in Colombia where it is being stockpiled, while the opposition warned that blocking much-needed food and medicine could constitute crimes against humanity.

Toledo suggested one strategy: A mass mobilization of his countrymen reminiscent of how in 2016 a large group of Venezuelan women dressed in white and intent on crossing the closed border with Colombia made their way through a line of national guardsmen in order to buy food on the other side.

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