Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro ordered state-owned businesses to commence searching and extracting natural resources such as gas, oil, and minerals in Guyana’s Essequibo region. Maduro asked resource extraction workers currently operating in Essequibo to leave within the next three months. Maduro also asserted the region must be officially added to Venezuela in maps. Meanwhile, additional Brazilian military personnel were deployed to Boa Vista, Roraima state — which borders both Venezuela and Guyana — in order to monitor the situation and dissuade any aggressive Venezuelan military actions in Guyana.