Maduro kicks off Venezuela’s ‘most important military drills in history’ (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has launched what he described as the ‘most important’ drills in history, preparing to repel any potential invasion after the US and its allies backed self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Guaido.

The drills will last until February 15 and are set to become the largest military exercises the country has held in its 200-year history, President Maduro reiterated, as he arrived at Guaicaipuro Fort in Miranda State.

“We must prepare to defend [Venezuela’s] sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence,” the elected head of state proclaimed, apparently fearing that Washington’s calls for a regime change and its aggressive backing of opposition parliament speaker Juan Guaido might escalate into a direct military invasion.

Orgulloso de la capacidad, logística y de despliegue de nuestra digna Milicia Nacional Bolivariana. ¡Rumbo a los 2 Millones de Milicianos y Milicianas! pic.twitter.com/0Dp9KnviPe

— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 11, 2019

Avanzamos en la consolidación de nuestra nueva Doctrina Militar, la “Guerra de Todo el Pueblo”, basados en los ideales de nuestros libertadores y retomada, para la Defensa Integral de la Patria, por nuestro Comandante Chávez. pic.twitter.com/4QIW9VzAm3

— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 11, 2019

Desde el Fuerte Guaicaipuro en compañía del Estado Mayor Superior, iniciamos la Operación Cívico-Militar “Bicentenario de Angostura 2019”, una demostración de la capacidad de despliegue operativo de nuestra #FANB para la defensa de la Soberanía y la Paz nacional. pic.twitter.com/hHdWc9ef54

— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) February 10, 2019

Guaido, who proclaimed himself ‘interim president’ of Venezuela in January and got the immediate blessing of the United States and its allies in Europe and across Latin America, did not rule out that he might have to make a “controversial” decision to authorize a “humanitarian” intervention. The Trump administration also said all options remain on the table to rid Venezuelans of the “oppressive dictator” Maduro.

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