Disinfo: US plan a large-scale act of provocation in Venezuela


Apparently in a state of provocative frenzy, Americans, who are currently preparing an egregious, unquestionable act of provocation on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, scheduled for 23 February, got  carried away.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that US-backed acts of provocation, or even coup-d'état, are imminent in Venezuela. See similar disinformation cases here, here, and here.

Deadly clashes broke out in Venezuelan border towns on Saturday 23 February 2019, as President Nicolás Maduro blocked humanitarian aid from crossing from Colombia and Brazil. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the attacks on civilians.

Read the EU's statement on this incident here.


  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Provocation
  • Outlet: Rossiya predupredila, chto SShA gotovyat vopiyushchuyu provokatsiyu v Venesuele @ Sputnik-Abkhazia (sputnik-abkhazia.ru), time 19:17
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