The Vice President of Venezuela in an exclusive interview with RT has addressed the holding of parliamentary elections and international pressure.
“We welcome the initiative of the Governments of Uruguay and Mexico, which Bolivia and Caricom [Caribbean Community] also joined in the search for a solution within the framework of dialogue and mainly within the framework of respect for the sovereignty of Venezuela, for the self-determination of the Venezuelan people,” declared Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez in an interview with RT.
This step, in her view, would facilitate the search for “a climate that allows the Venezuelan opposition to sit at a table of dialogue seeking understanding.
Rodríguez has stressed that “Venezuela must be removed from this madness of violence and war”, and that his country already has the mechanisms provided for by the Constitution, such as popular consultation and the holding of parliamentary elections, to consolidate democracy and remove the threat of U.S. intervention.
We say ‘yes’ to dialogue and ‘no’ to war.
According to the vice-president, the US and the countries of the European Union “do not understand that the world has changed” and now focuses on the construction of the space of multipolar powers. “They intend to threaten independent, autonomous, sovereign countries. That in Venezuela is not going to happen, not even through extortion and blackmail, which has resulted from the serious and criminal commercial and financial blockade against Venezuela,” said Rodríguez.
“We say ‘yes’ to dialogue and ‘no’ to war,” the politician pointed out, contrasting the position of Nicolás Maduro’s government with that of Donald Trump’s administration, which, in their opinion, is just the opposite. “We have seen positions of absolute political and ideological intolerance toward Venezuela, toward its model of Bolivarian socialism, and the mandate is not to dialogue,” said Rodríguez.
Colombia’s role is a disgrace.
During the interview, the vice-president of Venezuela also lambasted Colombia’s position: “The role that the Colombian government is playing is a disgrace, but it is also a serious violation of the United Nations Charter. The threat that Colombia intends to perpetrate against Venezuela, against its people, a threat of real war, of military intervention, is unacceptable.
There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
According to Rodríguez, the humanitarian assistance that the U.S. tried to provide through Colombia “is a great farce,” and in his country the only “social wounds have been caused by the blockade,” while Maduro’s government “has directly attended to the most vulnerable sectors, to the sectors that have been most affected by the food blockade, by the embargo on medicines.
“There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” said the vice president. “They are placing their knights ahead, they want to impose a false positive that will allow them, as John Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, said in October 2015, to intervene in Venezuela. That’s not going to happen, we’re not going to allow it,” she said.