Cuba has denounced what it says are plans by the United States to use strategically located Islands in the Caribbean to launch a military intervention in Venezuela.
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.
According to the UK Express, Cuba claims US special forces are secretly heading to the crisis-rocked South American country where an estimated three million people have fled to neighbouring countries.
But US special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams branded Cuba’s claim of planned American military intervention in Venezuela “a new lie”.
A Cuban government statement said that between February 6 and 10, 2019, there have been flights of military transport aircraft to the Rafael Miranda Airport of Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base, in the Dominican Republic and to other ‘strategically located Caribbean islands’.
The official portal CubaDebate said that these movements, which “surely” take place without the knowledge of the governments of those nations, originated in US military installations, from which units of Special Operations Forces and the Marine Corps operate for covert actions. .
The text added that political and press media, including those of the United States , maintain that extremist figures of the US government designed, managed the financing and organized directly and in detail the attempted coup in Venezuela .
Maritime Herald quoted the Cuban government as asserting that the planned military adventure is disguised as a humanitarian intervention.
United States President, Donald Trump, has refused to rule out military action in Venezuela and has said that all options are on the table.
Mr Trump has demanded that President Nicolas Maduro resign and hand power to opposition leader Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly who has declared himself the de facto leader of Venezuela.
Most Western and Latin American countries, including the UK, quickly recognised Mr Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state.
They have pledged millions of dollars in humanitarian aid in support.
Mr Guaido said on Tuesday the aid would roll across the border on February 23 despite the Maduro government’s objections, setting up a possible flashpoint.