[14/April/2019] CARACAS, April 14 (Saba) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the country's PDF will become part of the Venezuelan armed forces.
"Our leader Chavez was dreaming of strong and great defense forces," Maduro said. "They will have constitutional status to become part of the country's armed forces," he added.
The Venezuelan president reiterated that he is seeking to increase the number of elements of the Popular Defense Forces to reach three million by December, adding that the current number of these forces reached 2000.100 people.
In Washington, the State Department issued a statement after a telephone conversation between Minister Mike Pompeo and his Brazilian counterpart Ernesto Araújo on Saturday that the two ministers "stressed the need for foreign powers, including Cuba, Russia and China, to stop supporting (Venezuelan President) Nicolas Maduro."
The statement pointed out that Pompeo and Ernesto Araújo agreed to continue joint action to address the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, and its repercussions on neighboring countries.
The statement came as part of a tour of Pompeo in Latin America, which concludes today with a short visit to the Colombian city of Cucuta on the border with Venezuela.
During his tour, Pompeo renewed accusations that Moscow was interfering in Venezuela, claiming it was an enemy force that "invaded this country."
For its part, Moscow has repeatedly stressed that its support for the legitimate government in Venezuela comes in accordance with bilateral agreements and does not violate international law, while Washington is working to change the regime in Caracas by twisted ways, including planning for military intervention.