Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Maduro calls on Brazilian government to stop supporting Venezuelan terrorists


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday appealed to the Brazilian authorities to stop supporting criminals who carried out an attack on the military unit of the Bolivarian Armed Forces and hid in Brazilian territory.  He made a corresponding statement during a meeting with ministers in Caracas.

“I appeal to the Brazilian government to stop supporting terrorist acts against Venezuela,” said Maduro, whose speech was broadcast on state television.

The head of the Bolivarian Republic also added that the attack was carried out on the orders of “Leopoldo Lopez, a fugitive from Venezuelan justice.

The day before, Venezuelan defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announced an attack on Sunday morning by opposition figures against a military unit in the south of the country.  According to him, the criminals tried to steal a weapon, but were detained.  The attack killed one soldier.  According to the Minister of Communications and Information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, the authorities of Colombia and Brazil were involved in the attack.

The situation in Venezuela escalated after the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whose appointment to the post of speaker of the parliament two days earlier was canceled by the Supreme Court, declared himself acting president.  The United States recognized him as the interim head of state, they were joined by members of the Lima Group (with the exception of Mexico), the Organization of American States and most of the EU countries.  President of the Bolivarian Republic Nicolas Maduro called the incident an attempted coup and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States.  His support was expressed by Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and Turkey.

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