Venezuela faces an aid pincer movement trying to cut supplies from Brazil and Colombia:
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night as a row over foreign humanitarian aid continues.The attempt to use Russian aid looks like a political ploy to make sure Maduro gets credit for feeding the people his economy is starving rather than the opposition leader. The ranks of the military have been shrinking because of desertion and hunger in the ranks. Maduro has appointed an unusual number of "Generals" and he makes sure they get plenty of food for themselves and probably some palace guards.
The embattled leftist leader went on TV to say that he was also considering shutting the border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief.
He denies any crisis and calls the aid delivery plans a US-orchestrated show.
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó is leading a convoy to the Colombian border from the capital Caracas.
Despite denying there is any humanitarian crisis, Mr Maduro announced this week that 300 tonnes of aid would be shipped to Venezuela from its ally Russia.