The first batch of the US humanitarian aid to Venezuelan citizens arrived in the city Cucuta in Colombia. It is reported by Twitter of the United States Department of State.
“The United States is proud to announce the arrival of the first shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people in Cucuta in Colombia. We will continue to work with Juan Guaido and our partners to help Venezuelans in need”, — stated in the message.
The United States is proud to announce the arrival of the first shipment of relief supplies being delivered in Cúcuta, Colombia for the Venezuelan people. We will continue to work with @jguaido and our partners to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuelans in need. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/1ygIDx90VM
— Department of State (@StateDept) 10 февраля 2019 г.
According to Reuters, the United States sent medical supplies and high-protein food to Venezuelans last week when they asked the self-proclaimed interim President of the country Juan Guaido. The current leader of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, ordered the military to block the border with Colombia, so that trucks with humanitarian aid could not cross it.
In Colombia, according to The World Bank, there are at least 1.2 million Venezuelan citizens. They left the country due to a shortage of medicines and food.
The situation in Venezuela escalated on 23 January, when, after mass protests, the opposition leader and the speaker of Parliament Joan Guido proclaimed himself the interim President. A number of countries, including the United States, many EU States and most Latin American, recognized him as a legitimate head of state. Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko announced their support for Maduro.