US, allies working out military actions against States they dislike: Russia
MOSCOW: The United States and its allies are working on offensive military actions aimed to eliminate the statehood of countries they dislike, undermine their sovereignty, and overthrow the lawfully elected government bodies there, the chief of the Russian General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister, Gen Valery Gerasimov, said on Saturday.
“The United States and its allies have determined the aggressive vector of their foreign policy. They are working on offensive military actions, such as global strike, multi-sphere battle, they are using the color revolutions technology and soft power. They aim to eliminate the statehood of countries they dislike, undermine sovereignty, change the legally elected bodies of state power,” Gerasimov said at a defense strategy conference.
He cited Iraq, Libya and Ukraine as examples of such strategy.
“At present, similar actions are being observed in Venezuela,” the chief of the General Staff said.
Later in the day, during a general meeting in the Academy of Military Science, Gerasimov pointed that the humanitarian operation in Syria represented a new form of use of armed forces.
“Post-conflict settlement has recently developed. A new form of use of armed forces’ formations, humanitarian operation, was developed and tested in practice for the first time in Syria,” Gerasimov said.
Tensions in Venezuela escalated last month when US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. The United States immediately recognised Guaido, seized billions of dollars’ worth of the country’s oil assets, and threatened to use military action against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
Maduro has accused Guaido of conspiring with the United States to overthrow the country’s legitimate government including by organizing the delivery of so-called humanitarian as part of a plan to justify US military intervention. Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other countries have reaffirmed their support for Maduro as Venezuela’s only legitimate president.