UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Military exercises begin this February 15 gathering more than two million Venezuelan civilians and military, said President Maduro on his Twitter account. The maneuvers are said to be used to defend territorial integrity and independence, he said.
The Venezuelan President has announced the start of military exercises to be held in the country on February 15 and 16.
“We are launching the military exercises” Bolivarian Shield 2020 “with the deployment of our glorious military forces with the participation of civilians,” he tweeted on February 15.
Iniciamos el Ejercicio Escudo Bolivariano 2020, con el despliegue de nuestra gloriosa FANB en unión Cívico Militar, con más de 2 millones 300 mil combatientes movilizados para defender la integridad territorial, la independencia y la soberanía nacional. ¡Preservaremos la Paz! pic.twitter.com/BvvkXKuC0Q
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 15, 2020
The Venezuelan head of state also said that more than 2.3 million people had been mobilized “to defend territorial integrity, independence and national sovereignty”. And to conclude: “We will preserve Peace!”.
The maneuvers will be concentrated on the defense of cities. At the beginning of January, Nicolas Maduro announced that the exercises were not only aimed at facing American or Colombian aggressions, but also at responding to the mafias involved in smuggling fuel to neighboring countries.
Previously, the US Secretary of State had confirmed that the United States intended to remove Mr. Maduro, thus destabilizing the situation in the country. For Mike Pompeo, it would be a “collective effort” supported by Colombia.
Against the backdrop of demonstrations against the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro, the leader of the National Assembly controlled by the opposition, Juan Guaido, had proclaimed himself on January 23, 2019 Acting President.
The United States and several other countries have recognized this, while others such as Russia, China and Turkey support Nicolas Maduro as legitimate President.
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