While the United States is multiplying pretexts to legalize a military intervention against a Venezuela rich in oil resources, the Venezuelan army is preparing to respond.
Indeed, a Russian-made multi-role Mil Mi-35M attack helicopter manufactured by the Venezuelan armed forces crashed on February 4, 2019 near Al Pao, south of Valencia. Five soldiers were injured in this crash. It was still in Valencia that the Ministry of the Interior announced three days ago that it had discovered large quantities of weapons and ammunition. The weapons had been stored in a warehouse at Valencia airport.
The Venezuelan army is therefore preparing for any eventuality: it has just released its S-300 anti-aircraft defence system deployed in Captain Manuel Rios airbase, at least according to the images broadcast by the Israeli company ImageSat International (ISI). Since Tel Aviv supported the opposition Guaido, Israeli drones have increased their activity on the Venezuelan borders.
On Friday, Juan Guaido, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, said he was ready, if necessary, to authorize U.S. military intervention to force President Nicolas Maduro to leave power.
“We will do whatever is necessary. This is obviously a very controversial issue, but by exercising our sovereignty and exercising our prerogatives, we will do what is necessary”, replied Juan Guaido to the question of how to use his legal powers as President of Parliament and Acting President to authorise any military intervention. But is armed intervention against the country so easy that Guaida suggests it?
On 28 January, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro carried out an inspection visit to several military bases in the country where he announced the launch, in the near future, of military manoeuvres, described as one of the most important in the country’s history, in a context of high diplomatic tension between Caracas and Washington, reported local media on Monday. The army is thus ready for any eventuality. As for Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press conference on 7 February that the United States had already decided to use force against Venezuela and that “everything else is just a cover-up”.
Video footage broadcast in recent days on Twitter shows the landing of US naval forces on the Colombian coast. Their mission would be to support the Colombian army in a possible face-to-face meeting with the Venezuelan national army.
Still in this vein, Washington’s warlords use a presence of the Lebanese Resistance in Venezuela as a pretext for military action or at most civil war. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on February 7 that “Lebanese Hezbollah was active in Venezuela” and that the United States “had an obligation to reduce this risk for America”.
Nicolas Maduro quickly reacted to this very perfidious argument:
“Hezbollah is a legal political party in the political life of Lebanon. Hezbollah is first and foremost a political party composed of ministers, deputies and elected representatives. We have neither had nor have had any political relations with the Hezbollah political party. Many Lebanese live in Venezuela. Long live them and all Syrians and Palestinians in Venezuela. The United States will continue to spread lies – lies that fall through the cracks one after the other. »
Opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself on Wednesday 23 January as the country’s “president in office” and took an oath during a demonstration in Caracas.
US President Donald Trump acknowledged Juan Guaido as Venezuelan President on January 23rd in the evening, threatening that “all options were on the table”, but that none were currently under consideration. President Maduro denounced the United States for organizing a “coup d’état” against Venezuela.