Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

Venezuela's military is 90% against Maduro, claims defecting colonel

The opposition leader launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself interim president, a move recognised by the United States and around 50 other countries, including 20 from the European Union.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched what he described as the "most important" military drills in the history on Sunday amid an ongoing political crisis in the South American nation.

"There are people responsible for this and the regime knows it".

Guaido, who has been recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate president over the past month, tweeted a photo of himself surrounded by stacks of white pots of vitamin and nutritional supplements.

Toledo said "in coming days we will visit the state of Roraima to see where this storage center will be and from next week we will organize the arrival of this humanitarian aid".

PDVSA's move follows tough new US financial sanctions imposed on January 28 and aimed at blocking leftist President Nicolas Maduro's access to the country's oil revenue. Guaido argued Maduro's re-election previous year was a sham.

Maduro has rejected humanitarian aid as a United States ploy to intervene in Venezuela, calling the deployment of aid a "political show" and blaming United States sanctions for the country's widespread shortages of food and medicine.

Several tons of medicine, food and basic items have been stocked since Thursday in Cucuta, close to the border crossing point of Tienditas which Venezuelan soldiers have blocked with freight containers.

Brazil has not yet commented on whether aid is being gathered at any point there.

The doctors protested on the Colombia side of the border, saying they would face repercussions for holding a similar demonstration on the Venezuelan side.

Meanwhile, Lester Toledo, coordinator of global humanitarian aid for the opposition, told Reuters on Monday he received approval from the Netherlands to speak with the local governments of Aruba and Curacao about setting up an aid center there.

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