Saturday, 16 February, 2019

‘You’re deaf’: Maduro says European Union is not listening to Venezuela

Aerial view of trucks loaded with humanitarian aid for Venezuela driving to the Tienditas Bridge on the border between Cucuta Colombia and Tachira Venezuela where Venezuelan military officers have blocked the bridge ‘You’re deaf’: Maduro says European Union is not listening to Venezuela
Laurie Berry | 09 February, 2019, 09:23

"As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach".

Venezuela's Foreign Ministry has denounced any global support for Guaido, suggesting that European governments were acting as part of a US-led effort to topple Maduro, who has showed no signs of relinquishing power.

Rival Juan Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate leader, warned military officers against blocking the arrival of aid amid spiraling disease and malnutrition brought on by a hyperinflationary collapse.

Venezuelan volunteers, Colombian firefighters and rescue workers prepare USAID humanitarian aid for storage at a warehouse next to the Tienditas International Bridge, near Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

In an interview with Sputnik, Maduro, who has launched a signature-gathering campaign against United States interference, stressed that the main objective behind Washington's involvement in Venezuela was the fact that the country has the biggest oil reserves in the world.

The U.S. government is also weighing possible sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials whom it says are helping Maduro remain in power, a second U.S. official and person familiar with the deliberations have told Reuters.

Maduro says Venezuela isn't a nation of "beggars", despite the economy spiralling into its worst-ever crisis and three million Venezuelans fleeing overseas over the past five years.

"He's got friends in places like Cuba and Russia", Abrams said. And they worry hawks in the Trump administration may be advocating for military solutions to try to resolve complex diplomatic, economic and political problems.

'They offer us toilet paper, like Donald Trump threw at the people of Puerto Rico, ' he said at the conference, which experienced technical difficulties including a blackout and a microphone failure.

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But Maduro is still in control of the military and is using it as leverage to maintain power.

Also Thursday, a coalition of European and Latin American nations called on Venezuela to hold free and transparent elections to peacefully resolve its crisis.

CNN reported that Guaido "is begging the military to let the goods enter the country, but President Nicolas Maduro [is] having none of it, insisting 'we are not beggars, '" and refusing to accept the charity. The Venezuelan military has blocked the bridge where the aid is stationed and Maduro is refusing to allow it in.

"And who do you think you are?"

Earlier on Thursday, Total said that its 2018 oil and gas production hit a record high, growing by more than 8 percent from 2017 to reach 2.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), thanks to the start-ups of Ichthys LNG in Australia, Yamal LNG in Russian Federation, and deepwater projects Kaombo North in Angola and Egina in Nigeria.

The crude blends resulting from mixing extra heavy oil with Santa Barbara crude are being delivered to PDVSA by most joint ventures, allowing the Venezuelan oil company to export them without violating US sanctions, the sources added.

General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals.

"If the White House's goal is regime change in Venezuela, which appears to be the case, then they should be concerned that their actions are generating a backlash against the U.S.in Venezuela and in the region", said Main.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech on the signature campaign to urge the United States' to put a halt to intervention threats against Maduro's government, at Bolivar square in Caracas, on February 7, 2019. The first trucks of food to arrive at the distribution point on the border are enough to feed only 5,000 people for 10 days, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, equivalent to less than 0.02 percent of the population.

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