President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a Military Council with the help of countries such as China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced the creation of a Military Council that will seek the independence of the country in terms of its weapons system with the help of “sister” nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.
“We are going to activate in style the ‘Scientific and Technological Military Council’ that will give independence in the weapons system to Venezuela,” said the president during an act with the military, without specifying when the installation of this new instance will be which, he estimates, will take place no later than mid-November, and which will be part of the commemoration of the centenary of Bolivarian Military Aviation.
This council, he advanced, will have “the best minds”, as well as the “advice and help” of Russia, China, Iran, Cuba “and many other sister countries in the world”, with which they hope to establish and expand military cooperation.
“It will fly high, it will be very useful for technology, science and the military industry (…) the country and the world will be impressed,” he said.
At the end of this meeting with military leaders, Maduro asked the members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to “be aware of and prepared for the attacks” that he attributed to his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, whom he defined as “the paramilitary, the slaughterer of the people of Colombia “.
“From Colombia they prepare a thousand mercenaries to attack military posts on the border, to attack our country, “he said.
At the same time, he called on the military to be “prepared to defend southern Venezuela, the border with Brazil, forcefully against any enemy or mercenary,” and the Caribbean Sea, the “Venezuelan Atlantic Sea.”
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who participated in the meeting, said that the FANB has “eyes and ears even in the last corner” of Venezuelan territory to identify “conspiratorial elements to be alert to conspiracies and attacks”, plans that, he assured They generally come from neighboring Colombia.
In addition, in his speech, Maduro referred to the controversial legislative elections on December 6, and reiterated, in the face of criticism from his opponents and against the requests of the international community to postpone them, that “going to vote will be safer than go to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, to visit relatives. “
“The elections are a constitutional mandate that cannot be modified. On January 5 the new National Assembly must be installed, the deputies and deputies swear their positions, as established by the Constitution and so it will be,” he emphasized.
The president stressed that from November 3 to December 3 will be the electoral campaign and “the candidates will come out for the people to evaluate and decide for whom to vote freely, and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces are already guaranteeing the security of the Republic plan.”
“And now it will fully guarantee biosecurity so that the act of voting is the safest thing that people can do,” he said.
The Venezuelan president announced that preparations have been completed for the electoral drill That will be done this Sunday to test the new voting machines and that the population becomes familiar with the health protocols put in place.
Source: ANSA, DPA and EFE