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    Guaido Says Humanitarian Aid to Enter Venezuela on 23 February

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    On Tuesday, Venezuela's Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said that US humanitarian aid could be a trap to be followed by military invasion.

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido announced Tuesday that humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela on 23 February, he said during a rally in Caracas.  

    He also urged the armed forces that are loyal to President Nicolas Maduro let the aid enter the state. 

    READ MORE: Venezuela Humanitarian Aid: 'Noble Gesture' or Demonstration of Strength?

    Guaido's remarks come as earlier on Tuesday a Sputnik correspondent reported that numerous Venezuelan opposition supporters took to the streets of Caracas to demand that the government let in foreign relief aid.

    On the same day, Venezuela's Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said US humanitarian aid could be a trap to be followed by military invasion.

    Meanwhile, Venezuelan authorities state that the country does not experience a humanitarian crisis, with President Nicolas Maduro, who holds Washington responsible for staging a state coup in Venezuela, having slammed US assistance as a "political show".

    This comes after tensions in Venezuela escalated when Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-led parliament, declared himself interim president on 23 January, disputing last year's re-election of incumbent President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido's declaration was almost immediately recognised by the United States and some of its allies. Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey, Iran and Uruguay have said that they consider constitutionally elected Maduro to be Venezuela's legitimate president.

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