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Brazil issued a serious warning to Venezuela; Brazilian troops and armored vehicles were positioned on the border, showing the seriousness of the situation

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 13/06/2024 às 18:27
Brazil issued a serious warning to Venezuela; Brazilian troops and armored vehicles were positioned on the border, showing the seriousness of the situation
Brazil is on high alert. At one of the most critical moments in South American geopolitics, the Brazilian government made one last appeal to Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela. As the Venezuelan presidential elections approach, tension between the two countries has increased significantly. Photo: Canva/Disclosure

Brazil is on high alert. At one of the most critical moments in South American geopolitics, the Brazilian government made one last appeal to Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela. As the Venezuelan presidential elections approach, tension between the two countries has increased significantly.

On Wednesday (05), Elvis Amoroso, head of Venezuela's National Electoral Council, announced that the presidential elections will take place on July 28, the date that marks the birthday of former president Hugo Chávez. Nicolás Maduro, who has been in power for 11 years, will seek re-election. However, his main opponents were prevented from running, which generated criticism, including Brazil.

Last year, in Barbados, the Venezuelan government and the opposition signed the “Barbados Agreement” to guarantee fair elections and the presence of international observers. Brazil was one of the countries that helped mediate this agreement. However, Maduro excluded the European Union from the observer list, accepting only entities such as the UN and BRICS. This raised suspicions about the transparency of the electoral process.

Furthermore, the territorial crisis in Essequibo, where Nicolás Maduro advanced into disputed areas, increased tensions

Brazil, which has felt “humiliated” by Maduro’s actions, sent troops and armored vehicles to the border as part of Operation Roraima, to guarantee sovereignty and security.

In an attempt to resolve the situation diplomatically, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called Maduro, reinforcing the importance of a transparent election with international observers. Even though he was in favor of ending US economic sanctions against Venezuela, Lula criticized the restrictions imposed by Maduro on the opposition and its expansion into Essequibo.

The Brazilian government has made it clear that it expects a fair election in Venezuela and that it will not allow Venezuelan incursions into its territory

Maduro's actions in Essequibo are seen as a threat to regional stability, and Brazil is prepared to protect its sovereignty. The alert was given. Now it remains to be seen whether Nicolás Maduro will listen to Brazil or continue to ignore the appeals of his main South American ally.

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