Venezuela's neighbors accuse Maduro of protecting 'terrorist groups' in Colombia

06 May, 2019, 04:30 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a regional ally of Venezuela's, said on Twitter he had spoken to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and "stressed the need for dialogue with President Maduro and respect for Venezuela's sovereignty and global rights without threats or outside intervention".

Pompeo accused Russian Federation of convincing Maduro to cling to office instead of fleeing to Cuba amid growing street protests.

Perennial hawk John Bolton seems to be salivating at the possibility of the USA invading the major South American country, while Pompeo has been telling the press at every opportunity that if the U.S. decides an attack is required "that's what the United States will do".

But on Fox News Sunday, Pompeo said Trump has been "very clear" about wanting the Russians to stop meddling in Venezuela. We want to get some humanitarian aid.

"The United States, acting like a 'single superpower, ' is making such reckless remarks that a military action is possible with regard to the Venezuelan situation and the USA will carry out that action if so necessary", the spokesperson said.

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"Over the past few days, the Venezuelan people have once again shown their strength, courage and determination, calling for the end of the Maduro dictatorship and a return to democracy, despite the violent repression of the regime", Freeland said in a statement.

Maduro blames the USA government for attempting to foment a coup against him by supporing opposition head Juan Guaido, who denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has assumed a rival presidency. Washington has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry and individuals linked to Maduro, who alleges he is the target of a USA -engineered coup plot in which Guaidó is a key collaborator.

Pompeo's comments came as he prepares to depart on a multi-day trip to Europe, where he'll meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others.

Guaido called for the ouster of Maduro last Tuesday, claiming that the military was on his side, but that attempt failed after two days of protests as the army remained predominantly faithful to the elected president.

Lavrov met Venezuela's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, in Moscow on Sunday and said afterward that he hoped USA talk of a military option does "not reflect the intentions" of Trump.

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