“Venezuela’s military has a choice: Embrace democracy, protect civilians, and allow in humanitarian aid; or face even more sanctions and isolation", Bolton wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Venezuela’s military has a choice: Embrace democracy, protect civilians, and allow in humanitarian aid; or face even more sanctions and isolation. https://t.co/KNdncJbPDH— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) February 23, 2019
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has refused to allow in unauthorised aid, saying it is a ploy to topple his government.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, for her part, recalled that under international humanitarian law, humanitarian aid is provided in the event of natural disasters, armed conflicts, and war. According to Rodriguez, claims about an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country are designed to justify the invasion of Venezuela, but the people will not allow this.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday did not rule out that a provocation against Caracas, possibly involving casualties, was being prepared under the guise of humanitarian aid deliveries, which might be used as pretext for a military operation.