Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Says 7 Soldiers Killed in Military Helicopter Crash

How A US-Backed Coup Attempt Failed In Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the army on Saturday to be ready for a possible USA military intervention against his regime, days after opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to troops to join the rebellion against Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on the armed forces to be "ready" in the event of a United States military offensive against the South American country, in a speech to troops on Saturday.

In this handout photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro fist bumps with a cadet at the G/J José Laurencio Silva military training center in the state of Cojedes, Venezuela, Saturday, May 4, 2019.

On Saturday, Guaido's supporters made their own appeals to the military, responding to his call to march on military barracks in Caracas.

A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed on Saturday in Hatillo, a municipality near Caracas, killing all seven on board, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense.

"You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela", Omar said at the time on the progressive show "Democracy Now!"

Two days of clashes followed between opposition supporters and government forces, which left four people dead and hundreds injured.

The Supreme Court, stacked with Maduro loyalists, also ordered the rearrest of opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who was freed from house arrest by the rebel soldiers and who is now taking refuge in the Spanish Embassy.

The push and shove set the stage for a Pompeo meeting with Lavrov in Finland this week, and belied the conciliatory tone taken by US President Donald Trump on Friday after what he said was "a very good conversation" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Karl asked Pompeo if Maduro would still be in power if he did not have the support of the Cuban and Russian governments.

National Assembly head Guaido, 35, has branded Maduro a usurper over his controversial re-election a year ago, and in January declared himself acting president, plunging Venezuela into a political crisis that deepened its already grave economic woes.

"Oh the Russians - the Russians need to get out, too", Pompeo said.

The United States is insisting Maduro's days are numbered, but experts say its options for breaking the stalemate are limited, and that Washington may have overestimated the opposition leader's strength.

Trump undercut Pompeo's position on Friday, telling reporters that Putin had assured him "he is not looking to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela". "Honestly, I don't even feel like addressing the comment because it's not an informed one, it's not an intelligent one, it's silly, it's ridiculous and it's embarrassing".

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