CARACAS.– The United States government has undertaken, through various representatives, a total of 105 hostile actions and statements against Venezuela during the first five months of 2017.
“In the first five months of the year alone we have observed more than 105 hostile actions and declarations based on false allegations aimed at distorting the reality of Venezuela to serve the hegemonic interests of the United States in the region,” read a Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement issued this Thursday, May 11.
The text went on to reiterate that these actions seek to undermine the peace of the entire region, through maneuvers that have already been used in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, in order to achieve U.S. hegemonic interests.
“The U.S. system of power uses frequent and repeated statements, extraterritorial unilateral sanctions, financing of organizations with terrorist purposes in Venezuela, a financial blockade, threats of military intervention, among others, to mask an open process of interference marked by gross interventionism and in violation of international law,” the statement read.
In February, Democratic and Republican lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials, moves which were ultimately aimed at Vice President Tareck El Aissami.
On March 2, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution attempting to demand President Nicolás Maduro release supposed “political prisoners.”
In April, when opposition sectors began violent street protests, which to date have left 38 people dead and 787 injured, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Nikki Haley, made clear that her country is willing to enforce the rules in Venezuela.
The United States Southern Command also issued a statement on April 7, claiming that Venezuela is in a state of social and economic instability, and that this situation could “eventually compel a regional response.”
The interventionist nature of these statements has been condemned by President Nicolás Maduro and Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez, who have repeatedly stressed that these acts violate international law. (AVN)