Venezuela says Washington sabotaging Barbados talks

World | 7 Aug 2019 2:34 pm

“The U.S. has to understand once and for all that they aren’t the owners of the world,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said in a statement from Caracas, Venezuela in reponse to US actions seizing assets.

“Every country that has investments in the U.S. should be very worried because this sets a dangerous precedent against private property.”

Flanked by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who the U.S. has tried to woo into betraying Nicolas Maduro, Rodriguez said the sanctions would only bring more hardship on the Venezuelan people without weakening the socialist revolution.

She also posited that Washington’s real aim is to sabotage ongoing negotiations in Barbados with the opposition aimed at resolving the country’s protracted political and economic crisis.

A senior Trump administration official said the timing of the sanctions reflects the U.S. assessment that those talks, which started in May and are being sponsored by Norway, are going nowhere and being used by the Maduro government to buy time. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment on the talks.

In a further sign of tensions, Venezuela also accused the U.S. of “hostile and illegal incursions” by sending military aircraft and a ship into its air and maritime territory.

By letter, Venezuela urged the U.N. Security Council to investigate “dangerous” U.S. actions that threaten war while behaving like an “outlaw state.”-AP


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