Feb 21: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night over foreign humanitarian aid row.
Maduro said that Venezuela would close the border with Brazil and was considering closing the border with Colombia, arguing that the US and its allies were using “the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid” to try to “destroy the independence and sovereignty of the country.”
Neighboring countries have formally recognized the government of the self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido.
Caracas would not allow such aid trucks into Venezuela from neighboring countries, Maduro said, saying the country was coping with its difficulties and that US ‘concerns’ were “fabricated by Washington’s efforts to justify intervening in our country.”
The land border with Brazil has been completely closed until from February 21.
According to the president, the humanitarian aid that is being kept in the Colombian town of Cucuta was a “provocation”.