Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido has appeared in Colombia's Cucuta despite ban to travel abroad by Venezuelan court, Nacional reported. According to sources, Guaido arrived in a helicopter at a fundraising concert in Colombia backed by UK billionaire Richard Branson.
Later, Guaido claimed he had managed to go to Colombia with the support of Venezuelan servicemen.
"Everyone is asking how we managed to arrive… We are here because the armed forces have also been engaged in this process. We arrived in Colombia in search of assistance. This does not mean giving alms, but recognizing that there is a crisis," Guaido told reports in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido set February 23 as the date for bringing in US relief aid that had been collected at logistics hubs in Brazil's Roraima, Colombia's Cucuta and on the Caribbean island of Curacao.
President Nicolas Maduro said during televised comments that Venezuela would close the border with Brazil and was considering closing the border with Colombia, saying that the US and its allies were using "the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid" to try to "destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country."