The US is preparing an invasion of Venezuela, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper. “By showing sarcasm and arrogance towards the Venezuelan people, the United States is preparing a military invasion of an independent state,” he said. According to Patrushev, the transfer of American special operations forces to Puerto Rico and the landing of military personnel in Colombia indicate that the Pentagon “strengthens the grouping of troops in the region with the aim of engaging the legally elected current president [Nicholas] Maduro” from power ”. The fact that the military invasion of Venezuela is one of the possible scenarios of events, in early February, said US President Donald Trump. Later, declaring himself interim president, Juan Guaido, also said that this development is possible, although this option is “a very controversial issue.” Earlier it was reported that the United States will introduce new sanctions against Venezuela.