Venezuelans not ‘beggars,’ give humanitarian aid to Colombians — Maduro

Venezuela has "no chance" of recovery under President Nicolas Maduro, but there's equally no hope with Juan Guaido, an "extreme right-wing"-backed front man for USA intervention, believes Hugo Chavez's oil minister Rafael Ramirez".

The arrival of the aid convoy, which includes supplies provided by the United States, has increased the pressure on Maduro hours after a European Union-backed group called for dialogue and elections and warned against interventionism.

Not only ordinary Venezuelan people have been fleeing poverty and hyperinflation in the Latin American country in recent years.

'The revolution is more alive than ever, ' Maduro said. Venezuela's chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting late last month.

No details have been released on exactly how the opposition plans to get the shipments into Venezuela.

In Washington, the USA admiral in charge of American forces in South America said the US military was prepared to protect US personnel and diplomatic facilities in Venezuela if needed. "Venezuela is not suffering the humanitarian crisis fabricated by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country".

"This is not only the most desirable result but is the only result if we want to avoid more suffering and a chaotic process", Mogherini said.

Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term as president was a sham and on January 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.

"The time for dialogue with Maduro has long passed".

"You could imagine a possibility that if there is a need to go into Venezuela and do humanitarian operations, or need to go into Venezuela to do other types of operations such as protecting the members of the Guaido government or members of the National Assembly at risk", said Evan Ellis, a research professor of Latin American studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Critics have said three previous dialogue processes have allowed the ruling Socialist Party to stall for time without making major concessions on key issues including imprisoned opposition politicians and electoral transparency.

The possible use of US military force to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises concerns about the possible costs in lives and unintended consequences that may come from committing American troops to fight and die in another foreign conflict.

One Venezuelan Air Force general and several Venezuelan diplomats overseas have turned on Maduro and recognized Guaido.

The International Monetary Fund, which a new government in Caracas would likely call on for financial assistance, is awaiting guidance from its member countries on whether to recognize Guaido, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday.

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