Russia and China promise to defend Venezuela from the United States

Russia and China promise to defend Venezuela from the United States
  • EFE

This Thursday a statement was issued from Havana indicating that the United States was moving troops as of February 10, in airplanes that were mobilized in the direction of the bases located in the Dominican Republic, as well as in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands. Ensuring that these practices were carried out "surely without the knowledge of the governments of those nations", the Cuban document emphasizes the possibility of preparing a military activity against Venezuela.

With the presence of special operations forces and units of the Marine Corps "against leaders of other countries", the statement details the US intentions according to Cuban interpretation, which in addition was responsible for propagating the letter in the media of the island. Before the fact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, denied that any US military aircraft had landed at the San Isidro Air Base to the east of Santo Domingo as a prelude to military action against Venezuela.

Vargas, who is currently accompanying Dominican President Danilo Medina on a trip to Italy, said in a statement that the Dominican Republic "is a nation that adheres to the principle of non-intervention", while calling for a peaceful and democratic solution in Venezuela, besides supporting eventual free elections supported by the international community. Although Vargas referred to the position of the Dominican Republic as non-interventionist, other countries such as Mexico and Bolivia refused earlier this month to back a call by the European Union and Uruguay for new Venezuelan elections, and said that it would constitute an interference in the internal affairs of that country.

In its statement, the Cuban government also referred to a continuing effort by the United States, Colombia and the Venezuelan opposition to provide humanitarian assistance to the country in crisis. "The United States intends to fabricate a humanitarian pretext to initiate a military aggression against Venezuela", the Cuban government said, echoing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's justification for using his army to block aid deliveries.

As an extension to the issue of humanitarian aid, the document indicates that it is "insignificant" in comparison to the damage that the US government itself has caused in Venezuela, with an economic bloc that maintains a considerable shortage of food and medicine in the South American country, with the purpose of appropriating the oil reserves present there.

The United States, Canada, the main European powers and several Latin American countries, on the contrary, do not withdraw the pressure, protected in their position in relation to the victory of Maduro in the re-election of May 2018, which they considered was a farce and recognized the speaker of the National Assembly controlled by the opposition, Juan Guaido, as the country's executive leader.

The Cuban government also referred to the "sad and painful history of (American) military interventions" in Latin America and said that "history will severely judge the complicity of those who irresponsibly support these "imperialist actions". Finally, Cuba called for an "international mobilization in defense of peace in Venezuela and the region" and expressed its support for the efforts supported by Mexico, Bolivia and some Caribbean nations to achieve a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan conflict through dialogue.

At the same time, China, Russia and several dozens of other countries committed themselves in the United Nations to defend the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro against the movements of the United States, taking advantage of the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, who presented a statement in which the coalition denounced the violation of the basic principles of the UN, such as respect for national sovereignty, and criticized Washington's sanctions and threats against the Maduro regime.

"In the next few days we will begin a series of actions as a group to raise awareness about the dangers that our people are currently facing and, especially, the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela", said Arreaza, reading the document directly.

When he was asked about the situation, the South American minister refused to disclose what measures were being contemplated, but stressed that Caracas and its support nations will seek "coordinated" action at all levels of the UN. Russia and China are permanent members of the Security Council of the organization and therefore have the ability to veto any initiative presented by the United States and / or its allies in that body. Accompanying the main diplomat officer of the Maduro’s regime were the UN ambassadors in Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Syria and Palestine.

"We are organizing to defend the right of peoples to live peaceful, to live together in accordance with the principles of international law, which are being violated in a flagrant and open manner in the case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela", Arreaza said.

Once again, he attacked the sanctions imposed by the United States on Caracas and other countries, emphasizing that Washington does not have "moral authority to impose sanctions on anyone". In addition, he affirmed that the United States threatens to use military force against his nation and stressed that "Venezuela is a sovereign country" and will protect "every millimeter of territory".

"The response we will give in each situation will be proportional and appropriate for any type of attack or interference that can be made", Arreaza said. The UN ambassador in Russia, Vasily Nebenzia, told reporters that Moscow is very concerned about the possibility of a "military action" against Venezuela is being considered. This week, Arreaza has held meetings at the UN to seek support for his government in the face of the crisis in Venezuela.

The tension inside Venezuela increased markedly from January 23, when the head of the Parliament controlled by the opposition, Juan Guaidó, was sworn in as interim president to consider Maduro as an illegitimate leader, after having won a "fraudulent" reelection last May in which opposition candidates were prevented from running against him.

The Guaidó movement accelerated the political crisis in the South American nation, with a good part of the international community, including the US. Some 20 European nations and several key countries in Latin America, supporting the interim leader and pressing for the holding of fair elections.


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