Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Gil announced Thursday that the government is ready to stop any aggression against the country, either domestic or foreign.
He stressed that support for opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido is declining, as fewer and fewer people are going to his rallies.
"The upcoming small rallies do not pose any threat to national security. But if a threat arises, such as infiltration by hostile elements in order to attack the people, then we will be ready to fight back", he explained.
The political crisis in Venezuela deteriorated when Guaido, who proclaimed himself interim president in January, was immediately recognised by Washington and its allies, who opposed the re-election of Maduro last year. At the same time, Russia, China, Turkey, and many other countries confirmed their support for the legitimate government.