Venezuela’s civic-military union continues to strengthen. Photo:

CARACAS.— The Multidimensional Defensive Action Exercise “Independence 2018,” carried out February 24-25 in Venezuela, once again demonstrated the vitality of the civic-military union in the Bolivarian nation, which continues to face external pressures and economic sabotage by the domestic right wing.

“The deep civic-military union is felt in the soul of the people, in their smile, their joy and in the soul of the soldiers who are already an intrinsic part of the corps of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). We have an anti-imperialist, Bolivarian, Chavista doctrine,” Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stressed.

The Bolivarian country demonstrated once again during the drills that it has a defense plan adapted to any threat and circumstance, ready to face a possible attack and defend the peace of its people, the president stated from the Fuerte Tiuna military base, in Caracas, as reported by AVN.

The exercise, which aimed to strengthen civic-military unity, as well as consolidate the preparation of the people and the FANB in the defense of the nation and the preservation of peace, showed the force of the South American nation.

From the central command of the 2018 Multidimensional Defensive Action Exercise, the president also said that Venezuela will continue to advance in the strengthening of cooperation in military matters with countries like China, Iran, Russia, Belarus, Turkey and soon India, to “reinforce the mechanisms of defense and protection of peace and independence of the country,” as PL reported.

In this context, the Head of State announced that his country will expand its investments for further development in anti-aircraft defense, while, he noted, “these are investments that the country needs to strengthen the protection of all cities and regions.”

It must be remembered that Venezuela continues to suffer threats of various kinds that, led by the United States and its allies in the region, have suggested the possibility of military intervention.

“All this is to guarantee the peace of the people, because Venezuela is a country of peace,” he stressed, while he noted that it would be “difficult for another Latin American and Caribbean country to have such potential, except for Cuba, which has spent 60 years defending and triumphing in the defense of its independence and its peace.”

Maduro highlighted that Venezuela today has a doctrine, a strategic concept and an operational plan that is the best it has had in 200 years of the Republic, and that should make all the members of the four components of the FANB and the National Bolivarian Militia very proud.

The President also denounced that 150 Venezuelans were recruited and trained in Colombia as soldiers, without knowing for what ends, and extended a message of peace to members of the Colombian Army, noting that they do not want a conflict with Venezuela, and insisting on a meeting to coordinate peace efforts with the neighboring nation.


Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, speaking in the UN Human Rights Council, condemned the interventionist actions of the United States government and its European allies in the internal affairs of his country.

He also noted that President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened Venezuela and imposed sanctions against the country in order to overthrow the Maduro government.

“We can not allow this Human Rights Council to be hijacked by those who only want to wage war,” he told senior officials gathered in Geneva, Switzerland.

In this context, Venezuela is preparing for the presidential elections, which will take place over the following dates:

- February 20:
Registration for new voters closed.

- February 24 - 26:
Candidacies were lodged online.

- February 26:
Audits of the electoral process.

 February 26 - 27:
Submission of nominations to the National Board.

- March 5:
Publication of the definitive Electoral Roll.

- April 2 - 19:
Electoral campaign.

- April 22:
Presidential elections.