CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) – A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.
The shipment will be the second arrival of large-scale U.S. and international aid for Venezuelans, many of whom have scant access to food and medicine, since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in defiance of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Guaido, who invoked constitutional provisions to declare himself the country’s leader last month, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was a sham, has said aid will enter Venezuela on Feb. 23.
But it remains unclear whether Maduro, who has called the aid a U.S.-orchestrated show and denies any crisis, will allow the supplies to cross into Venezuela.
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US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid — AP
US willing to meet Maduro as military helps deliver aid to Venezuela — CNN
U.S. Aid for Venezuelans Arrives, Setting Up Showdown With Regime — The Wall Street Journal
U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift — Reuters
US military delivers aid to Colombia for Venezuelan migrants — The Hill
U.S. Masses Aid Along Venezuelan Border As Some Humanitarian Groups Warn Of Risks — NPR
Maduro blasts US for ‘stealing’ billions and offering ‘crumbs’ — AFP
Maduro wants troops at border with Colombia against US ‘provocation’ — RT
Venezuela’s Guaido says thousands of supporters ready to bring in US aid — AFP
Venezuela’s Guaido asks Citibank to freeze gold swap with Maduro: lawmaker — Reuters
IMF Prepares for Maduro’s Exit as Cash Shortage Bites — Bloomberg
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