Colonel of the Venezuelan Land Forces Ruben Alberto Paz Jimenez recognized the head of the opposition, Juan Guaido, as interim president. This writes the local edition of Nuevo Herald, with reference to the video Jimenez, which is published on YouTube.
Jimenez said that in January, participated in demonstrations against the current president, Nicolas Maduro. He urged his colleagues to miss out on humanitarian aid from the United States and not be afraid to declare their support for Guaido. The publication adds that a less senior employee has also gone over to the Guayido side.
So far, only a few high-ranking military officers, including Venezuelan military attache to the United States José Luis Silva and Venezuelan Air Force general Francisco Janes Rodriguez , have moved to the side of Guaido, who declared himself president of Venezuela instead of Maduro .
At the same time, the United States promised to lift the sanctions on the servicemen who had recognized Guaiido and, according to Reuters , maintain direct contacts with the Venezuelan military, urging them to abandon support for Maduro.