Russia Says US Aid to Venezuela a 'Pretext for Military Action'


Russia on Friday accused the United States of using aid deliveries to Venezuela as a ploy to carry out military action against President Nicolas Maduro's government. 

Accusing Washington of a "dangerous provocation", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said opposition leader Juan Guaido's efforts to pick up US aid being stockpiled on the Colombian border were "a convenient pretext for conducting military action".

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