Venezuelan Armed Force begins military drills

Caracas, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB) began the 2020 Bolivarian Shield military exercises on Saturday, in order to prepare all troops in case of a foreign armed aggression.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that more than two million soldiers will participate in the military drills that will conclude on Sunday, February 16, and will be developed nationwide.

During a press briefing with international media from the Miraflores Palace, the seat of Venezuelan government, the president pointed out that all surface-to-air missile systems, as well as rocket systems, are ready for the exercises.

This excercises are the first ones carried out after the new Constitutional Law on the Armed Forces was recently approved. The inclusion of national militias as an armed wing of the country’s defensive corps is decreed, so they will officially participate in these exercises for the first time with that category.

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