The Colonel of land forces of Venezuela Rubén Alberto Paz Jimenez acknowledged leader of the opposition Juan Guaido the interim President. This is reported by RBC with reference to the local edition of Nuevo Herald and a video of Jimenez, which is published on YouTube.
Jimenez said that in January he participated in demonstrations against the current President Nicolas Maduro. He urged his colleagues to allow into the country humanitarian aid from the United States and not be afraid to express their support Guaido. The publication adds that on the side of Guaido also moved less senior employee.
While on the side of Guido, who declared himself President of Venezuela is Maduro, moved only a few high-ranking military, including the military attaché of Venezuela in the United States, José Luis Silva and General of the air force of Venezuela, Francisco Yanes Rodriguez.
At the same time, the United States promised to lift sanctions against military personnel who recognized Guaido and, according to Reuters, maintain direct contacts with the Venezuelan military, urging them to abandon support for Maduro.