Francisco Esteban Yanez Rodriguez, General, and Director of Strategic Planning of the Venezuelan Air Force, published a video message in which he recognized Juan Guaido the country's leader, El Nacional reports.
According to the general, he does not recognize the "dictatorial power of Nicolas Maduro" and is ready to carry out the orders of Guaido. Rodriguez also said that 90% of military personnel do not support Maduro.
In turn, representatives of the Venezuelan Air Force called their general the traitor.
Earlier Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suggested that a civil war could begin as a result of the political crisis in Venezuela. He told about this in an interview with a Spanish television channel, reports DW.
"Everything depends on the degree of madness and aggressiveness of the northern empire and its western allies," Maduro said.
According to Maduro, official Caracas wants no one to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
"We are ready to defend our country" and "we will not surrender Venezuela," he added.
In May 2018, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission, 68% of voters voted for the current President Maduro. For his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Vanguard party voted three times less people.
The opposition stated that numerous violations were reported during the voting, but on January 10, Maduro took the oath of the president office. Most of the countries of the West and Latin America did not recognize elections. Later, the National Assembly of Venezuela recognized Nicolas Maduro as a usurper.
At the same time, in addition to the political swings, there are plenty of other serious problems in Venezuela: in 2016, the country was covered by an energy crisis, in 2017 there was a default, in 2018 the inflation rate reached 82,766% on an annualized basis. Oil production has collapsed one and a half times, prices are growing at a frantic pace, and the national currency, the Bolivar continues to depreciate rapidly, there is a shortage of food. According to various estimates, 2-4 million people have already left Venezuela.
On January 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. He was supported by many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.