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Colombia accuses Venezuela of seeking to buy Iranian missiles

Colombia accuses Venezuela of seeking to buy Iranian missiles

Colombian President Ivan Duque said the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to purchase Iranian missiles as it delivers weapons made in Belarus and Russia to Colombian armed groups.


Duque said in an event organized via the Internet: “Information was received from international intelligence services working with us, which shows that the Nicol├ís Maduro dictatorship is interested in obtaining some medium and long-range missiles from Iran.”


He continued, saying, “The information says that it (the missiles) has not arrived yet, but there have been contacts under instructions from (Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir) Padrino.”

Duque renewed his repeated accusations that Maduro was protecting and supporting former members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) who signe the peace agreement in 2016, as well as the “militants of the National Liberation Army”.

Colombia does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, and Duque calls him a dictator. The Colombian government is among more than 50 countries that considers opposition leader Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela.

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described Duque’s allegations as ‘fiction’.



Source: RT
Colombian President Ivan Duque said the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to purchase Iranian missiles as it delivers weapons made in Belarus and Russia to Colombian armed groups.


Duque said in an event organized via the Internet: “Information was received from international intelligence services working with us, which shows that the Nicol├ís Maduro dictatorship is interested in obtaining some medium and long-range missiles from Iran.”


He continued, saying, “The information says that it (the missiles) has not arrived yet, but there have been contacts under instructions from (Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir) Padrino.”

Duque renewed his repeated accusations that Maduro was protecting and supporting former members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) who signe the peace agreement in 2016, as well as the “militants of the National Liberation Army”.

Colombia does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, and Duque calls him a dictator. The Colombian government is among more than 50 countries that considers opposition leader Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela.

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described Duque’s allegations as ‘fiction’.



Source: RT

Venezuelan forces seize another ‘8 mercenaries’ attempting to invade from Colombia

Venezuelan forces seize another ‘8 mercenaries’ attempting to invade from Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
The leadership of the Venezuelan Army stated that eight mercenaries who had infiltrated the country from Colombia were arrested with the aim of toppling the government and assassinating President Nicholas Maduro.

“Maritime units were able to discover and detain eight mercenary terrorists in the evening,” the Venezuelan Army said in a statement on Monday. The Venezuelan authorities have indicated that, to date, a total of 45 mercenaries have been arrested in the “attempted invasion.” Among the detainees were two U.S. citizens, whose official documents were shown on Venezuelan television.

During their interrogation, a captured U.S. mercenary said that he and his companions had to control the airport in order for Maduro to be transferred from there to the United States.

Earlier, the Venezuelan National Armed Forces said that they had discovered three boats of the Colombian Navy carrying weapons while moored on the Venezuelan coast.

Prior to that, the Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Riverol said, in a televised speech: “On May 3, a group of mercenary terrorists from Colombia attempted to carry out an invasion by sea with the aim of launching terrorist attacks in the country and assassinating leaders of the Venezuelan government … and carrying out a coup against power.”

To date, the U.S. authorities have denied having any role in these attempted incursions, while the Venezuelan government has repeatedly accused of Washington of orchestrating these coups.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
The leadership of the Venezuelan Army stated that eight mercenaries who had infiltrated the country from Colombia were arrested with the aim of toppling the government and assassinating President Nicholas Maduro.

“Maritime units were able to discover and detain eight mercenary terrorists in the evening,” the Venezuelan Army said in a statement on Monday. The Venezuelan authorities have indicated that, to date, a total of 45 mercenaries have been arrested in the “attempted invasion.” Among the detainees were two U.S. citizens, whose official documents were shown on Venezuelan television.

During their interrogation, a captured U.S. mercenary said that he and his companions had to control the airport in order for Maduro to be transferred from there to the United States.

Earlier, the Venezuelan National Armed Forces said that they had discovered three boats of the Colombian Navy carrying weapons while moored on the Venezuelan coast.

Prior to that, the Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Riverol said, in a televised speech: “On May 3, a group of mercenary terrorists from Colombia attempted to carry out an invasion by sea with the aim of launching terrorist attacks in the country and assassinating leaders of the Venezuelan government … and carrying out a coup against power.”

To date, the U.S. authorities have denied having any role in these attempted incursions, while the Venezuelan government has repeatedly accused of Washington of orchestrating these coups.

Venezuelan to make an official complaint to UN as troops seizes 3 Colombian naval combat boats, Weapons

Venezuelan to make an official complaint to UN as troops seizes 3 Colombian naval combat boats, Weapons

The Venezuelan Armed Forces on Saturday seized three Colombian naval combac boats and weapons that were abandoned inside of the Bolivarian Republic, indicating that some people managed to reach shore.

Venezuelan Armed Forces said their troops found the Colombian naval boats abandoned in the Chorro El Mono area of the Orinoco River, which is located in the Bolivar State. “The unmanned ships are Boston Wheeler model speedboats, each with two Evinrude brand 175 HP engines, armed with 50mm and M60 caliber machine guns, and their respective ammunition,” the FANB informed.

“All this material is in custody… The Public Ministry and other Venezuelan institutions carry out the corresponding investigations.”

The boats are thought to have belonged to some mercenaries who managed to reach Venezuelan territory after sailing from Colombian waters. “The patrol and search work continues throughout the national territory, as part of the operation Bolivarian Shield so as to guarantee the Nation’s freedom, sovereignty, and independence,” Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez explained.

This latest incident comes just days after the Venezuelan Armed Forces arrested two naval incursions on two separate days near the Colombian border.  Among those arrested by the Venezuelan Armed Forces were two ex-U.S. soldiers, who later confessed to working for the security firm, Silvercorp.

According to a preliminary investigation the boats were dragged away by strong river currents, Colombia’s Navy said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. Colombia’s Navy said it is talking with its counterparts in Venezuela to recover the boats.

In televised comments Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the military would return the boats if the Colombian government made an official request for them. Adding that Venezuela will make an official complaint to the United Nations accusing Colombia and the United States of violating international law for the failed invasion attempt, Maduro added.

Maduro had on Wednesday accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of enabling the operation, which Duque denied.
The Venezuelan Armed Forces on Saturday seized three Colombian naval combac boats and weapons that were abandoned inside of the Bolivarian Republic, indicating that some people managed to reach shore.

Venezuelan Armed Forces said their troops found the Colombian naval boats abandoned in the Chorro El Mono area of the Orinoco River, which is located in the Bolivar State. “The unmanned ships are Boston Wheeler model speedboats, each with two Evinrude brand 175 HP engines, armed with 50mm and M60 caliber machine guns, and their respective ammunition,” the FANB informed.

“All this material is in custody… The Public Ministry and other Venezuelan institutions carry out the corresponding investigations.”

The boats are thought to have belonged to some mercenaries who managed to reach Venezuelan territory after sailing from Colombian waters. “The patrol and search work continues throughout the national territory, as part of the operation Bolivarian Shield so as to guarantee the Nation’s freedom, sovereignty, and independence,” Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez explained.

This latest incident comes just days after the Venezuelan Armed Forces arrested two naval incursions on two separate days near the Colombian border.  Among those arrested by the Venezuelan Armed Forces were two ex-U.S. soldiers, who later confessed to working for the security firm, Silvercorp.

According to a preliminary investigation the boats were dragged away by strong river currents, Colombia’s Navy said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. Colombia’s Navy said it is talking with its counterparts in Venezuela to recover the boats.

In televised comments Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the military would return the boats if the Colombian government made an official request for them. Adding that Venezuela will make an official complaint to the United Nations accusing Colombia and the United States of violating international law for the failed invasion attempt, Maduro added.

Maduro had on Wednesday accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of enabling the operation, which Duque denied.

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