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Caracas lambastes Bolton’s calls on Venezuela's military as "treason incitement"

February 10, 0:27 UTC+3 CARACAS

US National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier said that Venezuela's military should allow US humanitarian aid into the country

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

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CARACAS, February 9. /TASS/. The words of US President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton that members of Venezuelan military might allow foreign humanitarian aid into the country overtly encourage treason, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote in his Twitter post on Saturday.

"More evidence emerged of this new form of a state coup, in which Washington does not hide behind others' backs but remains on the frontline inciting to betray and giving orders to the subordinate opposition," he said. "The proof is so obvious that there are no more doubts even in the United States."

Earlier, Bolton wrote on his Twitter account that members of Venezuela’s military should allow US humanitarian aid into the country.

On January 23, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition Juan Guaido, whose appointment as parliamentary speaker had been annulled by the Supreme Court two days before that, declared himself as interim president. On the same day, the United States recognized him as acting head of state. So did the Lima Group countries (excluding Mexico), the Organization of American States, and a number of other countries. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed that as an attempted coup and severed diplomatic ties with the US.

Some European countries gave an ultimatum to Maduro, urging him to call an early presidential election within eight days, and after the deadline had expired, they recognized Guaido as interim president.

Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey stood up for Maduro’s support. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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