PressTV-Russia, China back Maduro as US-led showdown nears

China and Russia are rallying behind Venezuela, warning against military intervention in the Latin American country which is facing a showdown Saturday when the opposition plans to bring in a US “aid” package. 

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday the “so-called aid” should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence. A Venezuelan minister also planned to meet Russian leaders in Moscow later in the day.

Maduro on Thursday ordered Venezuela’s border with Brazil to be shut and threatened to also close the border with Colombia as opposition leader Juan Guaido planned to get to the frontier to receive the US package. 

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Venezuelan government has “remained calm and exercised restraint,” effectively preventing large-scale clashes.

“If so-called aid material is forced into Venezuela, and then if it causes violence and clashes, it will have serious consequences. This…

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