Brazil will not allow US to use its territory to invade Venezuela, says VP

Brazil’s Vice-President Hamilton Mourao speaks to the media after a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogota, Colombia. (AFP pic)

BRASILIA: Brazilian Vice-President Hamilton Mourao said on Monday that under no circumstances would his country allow the United States to intervene militarily in Venezuela from Brazilian territory.

“Nobody is betting on a military solution,” Mourao, a retired general, told reporters in Bogotá during a meeting of the Lima Group, a bloc of nations from Argentina to Canada dedicated to peaceful resolution of the Venezuelan crisis.

The Lima Group would not back an invasion by the United States, Mourao said, and will continue stepping up diplomatic, political and economic pressure on what he called the “regime” of Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Brazil, like many Western governments, has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said cracks already are appearing in Maduro’s support among the Venezuelan armed forces, with some 100 desertions during the weekend when the military blocked the entry of humanitarian aid at the borders with Colombia and Brazil.

The Venezuelan Army was not involved in the repression, a sign it was not prepared to shoot at its people, said Araujo, who was speaking alongside Mourao.

According to Mourao, China is rethinking its support for Maduro because it has realised his government will never pay back Chinese loans.