On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in his televised address to the nation, announced that the country expects arrival of 300 tons of humanitarian aid from Russia, reports Deutsche Welle.
According to Maduro, humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, will arrive in Venezuela "legally" as early as February 20. The president said that the government in Caracas paid for these supplies “with dignity", adding that this humanitarian aid was provided by Russia, China, Turkey, other countries, as well as the UN.
At the same time, Maduro again sharply criticized planned supplies of humanitarian aid from the United States, which were requested by the interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, calling it a "show" and "trickery".
The leader of Venezuela said that he was categorically against the admission of the United States aid to the country, fearing that Washington could "use these supplies as a cover for armed intervention."
Recently, based on Maduro’s decision, Venezuela sent back the European Parliament delegation, accusing deputies of conspiracy. This was the first international delegation invited by the interim President Guaido.
Venezuela, which is in deep crisis, continues to witness the struggle for power between Maduro and Guaido. Guaido was recognized as the acting president of Venezuela by about fifty countries. At the same time, Russia, China and other states still consider Maduro as the legitimate leader.