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Russia as always producing conflicting stories, and pouring as much kerosene on the conflagration as they can. No surprises here.
Secretary Pompeo on Twitter: “My message to the Venezuelan people is clear: the United States stands firmly with you in your quest for freedom and democracy. Your bravery and voices will put Venezuela on the path to liberty and prosperity, and we will partner with you every step of the way. #EstamosUnidosVE… https://t.co/UL7bmYY0f5”
CARACAS, Venezuela—“I was there, I saw it with my own eyes. Guaidó was asking the military to let him into La Carlota, and they refused, and then a few minutes afterwards he was making that video claiming he was inside.” I am interviewing a senior law enforcement officer whom we’ll call Simón. He was at the La Carlota military airbase at 4 a.m. on April 30 in an official capacity. He tells me, in a furious staccato, that the morning everyone is talking about—the coup that dared not speak its name, and failed—was more smoke and mirrors than an image of history in the making. “When he [self-declared, U.S.-backed President Juan Guaidó] called for the Venezuelan people to come and join him, Guaidó gave the impression that he had the support of the military and that they had turned, but that wasn’t even almost true,” Simón says. “He tried to win time and turn the tide using public opinion—based on a fundamental untruth.” Simón tells me that the soldiers who were seen behind Guaidó and the SEBIN intelligence service brass, who were said to have turned and joined the opposition, had all been given money and offered an exit from Venezuela in exchange for their participation in the events of April 30. He also confirms what the now exiled Diputado Ismael García had told me two days prior: the big statement outside La Carlota was supposed to take place on May 1, the day of enormous protest that the opposition had called for weeks earlier.
A US congressman has stunned the world by claiming that Russia has secretly installed a base for nuclear weapons in Venezuela, amid rising tensions in the socialist country.
War talk by the crisis-hit South American regime — which is backed by Vladimir Putin — raises the spectre of a proxy conflict on the doorstep of the United States
Venezuelan opposition leader tells the BBC he is evaluating “all options” to oust Nicolás Maduro.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed for Russia to “get out” of Venezuela, while his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, called on Washington to “abandon its irresponsible plans” in the …
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned what the Kremlin calls the “irresponsible plans” of the United States aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Ahead of his meeting, Lavrov said the United States should halt what he described as its “irresponsible” campaign to overthrow Maduro.
The options available to the Venezuelan opposition leader include, “diplomatic options, political options” and “ultimately a set of options that would involve use of U.S. military,” Pompeo said.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the armed forces to be “ready” in the event of a US military offensive against the South American country, in a speech to troops on Saturday. Earlier this week, Guaido tried to incite a military insurrection but it quickly fizzled out as a group
“These things sometimes take time,” the secretary of state said.
It is time to win this modern battle against transnational authoritarianism fueled by rampant corruption.
Venezuelan opposition leader says he overestimated military support for his attempts to overthrow Maduro as family members hold a funeral for 14-year-old boy shot during protests in Caracas | Daily Mail Online
Juan Guaidó told the Washington Post he still needs more soldiers to rally to his cause and revealed he was still hoping for US intervention after the attempt to topple Nicolas Maduro failed.
Collapse of a U.S.-backed plot to bring down Nicolás Maduro leaves the Venezuelan opposition vulnerable.
VOA News Published on May 4, 2019 Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday, May 4, gathered outside a military base in Caracas to deliver a “memo” to troops in a bid for support, days after Guaido called on the armed forces to rise up against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
CHANGE OF PLANS: Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford canceled plans to preside over a change of command ceremony today in Germany to remain in Washington to plan for military contingencies for Venezuela.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his counterpart from Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, in Moscow on May 5 to discuss possible steps to help solve the current power struggle that is c…
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “Had a long and very good conversation with President Putin of Russia. As I have always said, long before the Witch Hunt started, getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing, not a bad thing….”
Juan Guaidó and his advisers were “perhaps too impatient” in their keenness to force out Nicolas Maduro, according to the only man to have ever ousted the Chavista rulers of Venezuela.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido admitted Wednesday that this week’s anti-government protests lacked the support of enough military defectors to topple the country’s embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
Top members of President Trump’s national security team met at the Pentagon on Friday morning to discuss military options for the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, a senior administration official said.
Members of President Donald Trump’s national security team and military officials met Friday morning at the Pentagon to discuss the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
Shanahan, Pompeo and Bolton Meet on Venezuela
Experts think any U.S. action would be limited.
In the aftermath of a faltering opposition uprising in Venezuela, the Trump administration is looking at imposing new individual sanctions against the Maduro government and also scrambling for ideas that can have a greater impact on the ground, including military options.
“I don’t feel like we have an intelligence gap. I think we have very good reporting,” acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says he and other senior members of President Donald Trump’s national security team have met with the commander of U.S. Southern Command to discuss Venezuela.
NICOLAS Maduro would be toppled by midnight if the thousands of Cuban troops protecting him left Venezuela, the US has said. It is estimated there are between 20-25,000 troops from the communist island in Venezuela guarding the hard-left president, who no longer trusts his own military to protect him.
His hold on the military may be slipping, but Maduro still has means of dominating his country.
The armed forces’ continued support for the dictator remains the opposition’s most formidable obstacle for a regime change.
Trump’s real troika of tyranny — Bolton, Pompeo and Abrams — has failed in its coup attempt in Venezuela.
A senior Russian diplomat has confirmed that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo next week in Finland amid simmering tensions between Moscow and Washington …
US State Department says Venezuela will be discussed; Pompeo has asked Russia to drop its ‘intervention’ and support for Maduro in Venezuela
Two U.S. officials said the tough talk is designed more to rattle embattled leader Nicolás Maduro than to foreshadow an American military effort in Venezuela.
After US expectations were dashed this week for a transition of power in Venezuela, President Donald Trump is urging caution among senior advisers moving forward and expressing frustration that some aides are more openly teasing military intervention, according to officials familiar with the matter.
Trump, Putin exchange on Venezuela and other topics came amid escalating tension between the two countries about actions on the ground in Caracas
Will Venezuela’s overlapping forces remain loyal?
Opposition leaders said their elation turned to a mad scramble on Tuesday as a plan hatched during weeks of secret meetings with top Maduro loyalists abruptly collapsed.
The Pentagon planned Friday to send a U.S. Navy hospital ship to help alleviate a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as top Trump administration officials convened at the Pentagon to discuss military options for pressuring the country’s president to step down.
RBC Capital Markets’ Helima Croft and her team have examined three possible scenarios for Venezuela and oil markets.
President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton’s relationship is being put to the test by the escalating crisis in Venezuela.
Sam Vinograd writes Trump’s failure to confront Putin about election meddling signals that the Russian leader can continue this illegal activity at minimal cost. And by undercutting his own team on Russia’s involvement in Venezuela, Trump shows he relies on a shadow cabinet of US enemies to advise him rather than his own national security council.
Seven Venezuelan military officers have been killed when their helicopter crashed while heading to a state where President Nicolas Maduro appeared alongside troops Saturday.
Venezuela’s opposition, trying to build a wave of support for removing the country’s president, has made some tactical mistakes.
Will we stand by, as we did in Hungary, or intervene if forces loyal to Maduro begin arresting and executing people en masse?
Title 18, Chapter 7, Section 112-B of the U.S. criminal code makes it a federal offense to interfere with the lawful activities of a foreign diplomatic officer or facility. So why doesn’t the Trump administration direct the Secret Service or Diplomatic Security Service to remove Code Pink protesters from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C.?