GRU head: U.S. ready to declare Venezuela sponsor of international terrorism

GRU head: U.S. ready to declare Venezuela sponsor of international terrorism

The United States is ready to declare Venezuela a sponsor of international terrorism, Chief of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service Igor Kostyukov said at the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security.

"Washington is basically ready to declare the leadership of Venezuela "a sponsor of international terrorism" and use force or sanctions against Caracas based on this," Kostyukov said.

He added that the United States was considering various variants for overthrowing the Venezuelan government and might organise the interference via its allies, possibly Colombia. Though, as Kostyukov noted, the U.S. plan to have a swift campaign in Venezuela fell through.

"Washington calculated wrong in its estimates of how resilient the legitimate government was and how much Venezuelan security forces were prepared to defend the leadership," Sputnik cited the GRU head as saying.

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