Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro tweeted on Saturday that he had “ordered the mobilisation of artillery [pieces]” in the country’s strategic areas in order to protect the security of ordinary Venezuelans.

“I denounce the existence of groups financed from Colombia and the US, which seek to undermine the stability of [our] homeland with violent actions”, he wrote on his Twitter page.

The remarks came after he said during a ministerial meeting in Caracas earlier on Saturday that these groups believe that “they can take advantage of the [coronavirus] pandemic and the quarantine to carry out terrorist actions and a coup”.

He added that he had announced the mobilisation of “the artillery pieces” within the framework of the ongoing 2020 Bolivarian Shield drills, which kicked off in mid-February, “to be prepared for the fight for peace”.

Trump Announces Anti-Narcotics Operation in the Caribbean

Maduro’s statement comes a few days after President Donald Trump announced that the US military would deploy naval vessels and aircraft to the Caribbean as part of an enhanced counter-narcotics operation.

“We must not let the drug cartels exploit the [COVID-19] pandemic to threaten American lives. In cooperation with the 22 partner nations US Southern Command will increase surveillance, disruption and seizures of drug shipments and provide additional support for eradication efforts which are going on right now at record pace”, Trump said.

He was echoed by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, who told reporters earlier this week that the US military had managed to obtain intelligence suggesting that “the drug cartels as a result of COIVD-19 were going to try to take advantage of the situation and try to infiltrate additional drugs into our country”.

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“We’re at war with COVID-19, we’re at war with terrorists, and we’re at war with drug cartels as well”, he pointed out.

Maduro Pledges to Unleash ‘Bolivarian Fury’ on US

Milley spoke after Maduro asked in a letter on Tuesday for “invaluable support” from the leaders of governments around the world, referring to “this unthinkable and arbitrary persecution [by the US]”, which accuses the Venezuelan president of being involved in drug trafficking – something that has been rejected by him as “false”.

He also condemned the US for continuing to pressure the Venezuelan economy with sanctions, preventing Caracas from obtaining medicine and medical equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed the lives of at least three people in the Latin American country.

The statement followed Maduro warning in an address last week that the authorities of Colombia and the US will face consequences if they crack down on his country’s political elite.

“If one day the imperialists and Colombian oligarchy dare to touch even a single hair [of those from the elite], they will face the Bolivarian fury of an entire nation that will wipe them all out”, Maduro said.

US Accuses Maduro of ‘Narco-Terrorism’

The Venezuelan president’s remarks were preceded by US Attorney General William Barr announcing that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had brought “narco-terrorism” charges against Maduro and five senior officials in his government, including Venezuela’s defence minister and the supreme court’s chief justice. The DOJ also offered a series of rewards for information on the officials, including $15 million for Maduro himself.

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The developments come amid ongoing tensions between the US and Venezuela, which were further exacerbated after Washington recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the Latin American country’s president in spite of a vote in 2018 that saw Maduro re-elected to a new term.

While a number of Western states also supported Guaido, Maduro slammed the self-styled president as a “US puppet”. Russia, China, Turkey, and a number of other countries supported Maduro as Venezuela’s only legitimate president.

 

Source: Sputnik

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U.S. wan’t to go after narco-president then go arrest Honduran president and confirmed in the pocket of narcos, Juan Orlando Hernandez, oh I guess Yanks don’t arrest neo-liberal allied right-wing corrupt oligarchs. Or maybe the should arrest CIA officials behind the cocaine smuggling of the 80’s in to the U.S. that was used to fund the terrorist Contra war against Nicaragua. Slime Bag States of America indeed.

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No, you’re at war with the US war mongers, the drug cartels etc. You’re not at war with Covid-19! And you don’t have to be. Please refrain from populist actions and concetrate on the real dangers (there are enough, and it’s not corona viruses).

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Maduro cannot even wipe out his own a*s let alone another country. This terroristic criminal isn’t a president. He a portion of disease and the media is too afraid to speak the truth.

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Oh shut your mouth you piece of filth is none of your business who the Venezuelans elect as leader. You’re unlected monkey and criminal fraud Guaido is failure because Venezuelans don’t want American imposed phonies foisted upon them. Aldo given your economic meltdown and rising covid-19 cases and deaths, you American need to stop with your pathetic imperial games, because you have nothing to brag about. Speaking of covid-19, look how Venezuela has handled that situation much better despite the U.S.imposed embargo and sanctions. So called richest country and yet you lack medical supplies, ventilators, panic buying at the stores,… Read more »

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Nothing better to unite people than making them believe they’re being under threat. US have ALREADY announced that they didn’t considered military actions on Venezuela… Hello! Trums likes to put pressure, thus, he still hasn’t started a single war!

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Still polluting this site with American, Israeli, Saudi and ISIS propaganda, huh deshbags-lover, what gave birth to scumbag like you and why do you almasdr allow his filth to be posted here.