BOGOTA (Reuters) – A U.S. delegation including Senator Marco Rubio visited the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Sunday, where humanitarian aid is being stockpiled for planned delivery to economically crippled Venezuela next week.
While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is refusing to allow in the food, medicine and other supplies, opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido has vowed to move hundreds of tonnes of the aid into the country on Feb 23.
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Guaido, who argues that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a sham, invoked constitutional provisions to declare himself the country’s leader last month.
Most Western countries and many of Venezuela’s neighbors have recognized Guaido as the legitimate head of state, but Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions including the military.
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Guaido has said he will announce details of how he plans to get the aid into the country from Colombia, Brazil and Curacao on Monday, despite Maduro’s opposition.
The Feb. 23 deadline sets the stage for a showdown with Maduro, who has said the aid is not needed. Maduro calls the aid a U.S.-orchestrated show and denies any crisis despite many Venezuelans’ scant access to food and...
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