Earlier, the President of Colombia Duque and the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Guaido accused Maduro of harboring left-wing guerrilla groups in Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the military to conduct exercises on the border with Colombia, accusing the President of a neighboring country of preparing an attack.
The leaders of the two countries recently accused each other of harboring militants, and Maduro’s statement was another attack on Colombian President Ivan Duque.
“The Colombian government does not want peace,” said Maduro, speaking to officers at a ceremony at a military school. “It wants war. It wants violence.”
The animosity between Colombia and Venezuela escalated last week when the former chief negotiator of Colombia’s Revolutionary armed forces announced he was ready to take up arms, saying the Colombian government was violating the 2016 peace agreement.
Duque and the leader of the Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido, which supports the US administration has accused Maduro of harboring left-wing guerrilla groups in Venezuela.
Addressing his soldiers, Maduro ordered Venezuela’s armed forces to be on high alert and to conduct two-week maneuvers starting on September 10.
The announcement came hours after Guaido’s announcement that he had approved the use of satellites to track guerrillas entering Venezuela from neighboring Colombia.