06:12 GMT28 October 2020
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    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that Colombia supported the failed seaborne invasion into Venezuela in a joint act with the US - something that Bogota and Washington have denied, slamming the accusation as an effort to drive attention away from the "internal crisis" in Caracas and the rest of the nation.

    Venezuelan military forces announced the discovery of three abandoned light combat boats "identified with emblems of the Colombian Navy" on Saturday, according to a Defence Ministry statement

    The boats were discovered during a patrol of the Orinoco river by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) conducted as part of an operation to ensure Venezuela's "freedom and sovereignty". Venezuelan military forces did not find any crew, but discovered ammunition and weapons still on board.

    The tweet reads: "Venezuela: 3 abandoned Colombian army military boats were reportedly found today on the Orinoco river between Bolivar and Apure by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) with weapons and ammunition still on board".

    No comments from Colombia followed the Venezuelan statement.

    The invasion took place on 3 May and came from the Colombian territory, according to Venezuela. This was also confirmed in the testimony of Airan Berry, one of two US citizen mercenaries captured during the incursion. Berry readily admitted flying to Colombia in January and training a group of mercenaries and then arriving to Caracas to kidnap Maduro and transfer him to the United States in exchange for a ransom offered by the US State department.

    The mercenaries, during interrogation videos, displayed what they claim is a contract signed by the CEO of the private security contractor, Silvercorp USA, Jordan Goudreau, and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

    Guiado has refuted any connection with Goudreau and the failed kidnap mission.

    President Nicolas Maduro described the attack as a joint operation of Colombia and the US that set a goal to murder him, something that both Bogota and Washington have denied. The White House claimed that there was "no US involvement at all" in the incursion.

    Venezuela has long been plunged into a political and financial crisis which escalated January 2019, after Juan Guaido proclaimed himself an "interim president" of the country and recieved the backing of the US, Colombia and many western countries. The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, was supported by Russia, China and other nations.


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