US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — American mercenaries in the amount of about 60 people tried on speedboats to approach the shores of Venezuela and kill the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, the politician himself said. He added that the operation was funded from the United States, and trained mercenaries in Colombia. Maduro added that his country is defeating the pandemic and terrorism that are being sent from outside.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the “terrorist attack” that occurred on May 3 near the port city of La Guaira, 30 km north of Caracas, was an attempt on him, reports the portal El Universal.
“Venezuela is faced with an attempted naval invasion of a group of mercenaries trained in Colombia with funding from the United States. We have evidence, evidence, video, all evidence – it was an attempt to kill me. This is a terrorist attack in the midst of a pandemic, directed against calm and peace in our country,” Maduro said.
He also expressed gratitude for the support of his nation and assured that on Tuesday, May 5, he would provide more information and evidence of his version of what happened.
“Venezuela defeats the pandemic and terrorism that are sent from outside. Venezuela has come a long way with the pandemic thanks to the support of other countries such as China and Russia. We managed to secure the international support of Cuba, which sent a huge contingent of doctors,” the head of state added.
Last Sunday, Venezuelan authorities said they thwarted an assault conducted with US support, killing eight attackers. Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said a platoon of “mercenary terrorists” tried to approach the shore on speed boats, but was repelled by security forces.
“Some were killed, others were detained,” Reverol said in a television statement, accusing the attackers of conspiring to assassinate Venezuelan leaders.
Reverol explained that “a thorough search for accomplices of the attackers is on land, sea and from the air,” and promised “to remain in a state of constant readiness and resistance.”
Caracas later said that “60 troops,” including two former US special forces, were involved in the operation.
In March this year, the US Department of Justice released a charge against Maduro and several “accomplices” in organizing drug trafficking and human trafficking, including attempts to smuggle drugs into the United States.
According to Washington, Venezuela has long allowed Colombians affiliated with the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as the FARC, to use their airspace to transport cocaine through Central America to North America, FoxNews reports.
“According to our estimates, 200 to 250 metric tons of cocaine were shipped from Venezuela. These are 30 million lethal doses, ”the Justice Department said in a statement.
Washington offers a reward of $ 15 million for information that will lead to the detention of Maduro, and for alleged accomplices – $ 10 million.The U.S. also accused the chief judge of Venezuela of money laundering and bribery, as a result of which thousands of Venezuelans lost their jobs and livelihoods.
“In key positions in the Maduro regime, these people betrayed public confidence by facilitating drug shipments from Venezuela. They controlled aircraft flying from an air base in Venezuela, as well as controlled the movement of drugs through the ports of Venezuela,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
On January 23, 2019, during a rally in Caracas against the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president of the country.
Guido was recognized as the legitimate president of Venezuela by the USA, Canada, and also the countries of Latin America. The Russian Federation officially expressed support for Maduro as the president, legally elected in the election.
A similar opinion was expressed by Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Mexico, being the country of the “Lima group” that supported Guaidó, did not join its allies in this matter.
The European Parliament recognized the opposition leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, as the legitimate acting president of the country. For the relevant resolution, 439 deputies voted, 104 opposed, 88 abstained.
Earlier Maduro said that the former leader of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, was preparing a plan to assassinate him. According to him, the attack was to be carried out by mercenaries.
“It was planned to send 32 mercenaries to Venezuela to try to kill me,” said Maduro, speaking in Caracas.
He also added that the preparation of the assassination “was attended by the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Francisco Santo.” His opponents discussed this plan in the Uribe mansion, Maduro noted.
The President of Venezuela had in mind the incident that occurred in August 2018. Then they tried to kill the head of the country at a ceremony in honor of the 81st anniversary of the creation of the National Bolivarian Guard.
Attackers attacked the leader of Venezuela using unmanned aerial vehicles with explosives. As a result of the assassination, seven people were injured, but Maduro himself was not injured.
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