The Venezuelan Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, gave an exclusive interview to RT on Monday in which he explains the origin of the coup attempts in Venezuela, highlights the complicity of several Latin American governments in this regard, recalls the importance of Russian-Chinese mediation in the crisis, describes a sense of “despair” and “frustration” among Venezuelan opponents and refutes the legality of any hostility against Caracas.
The Venezuelan Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, has declared from Moscow the certainty that his country will counteract the current international pressures and will oppose to the end any kind of hostility from the US and its allies.
In an interview with RT, Arreaza dismissed US accusations that Venezuela is on the wrong track. “I am on the right side not only of history, but of the future […] we are willing to give our lives to defend this version of history, to defend our truth,” the chancellor said.
Arreaza affirmed that the current situation in Venezuela is in reality “a coup d’etat that has been going on for almost 20 years” characterized by a failed conspiracy between the ” US empire and the Venezuelan bourgeoisie” to retake control of the country’s resources.
Specifically, Arreaza referred to opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserting that his alleged release from house arrest a few days ago was nothing more than an escape. “He escaped. Instead of standing courageously and being at the forefront of a process in which [opponents] say they believe, he takes refuge in one embassy or another,” he said.
The chancellor explains that this has only increased frustration among the opponents themselves, while the Venezuelan people have behaved “up to the task,” despite the days they must have suffered without energy or provisions after multiple attacks on the Venezuelan electricity system.
“They are in a situation of obsession, of desperation, and there are strong people, and a strong Bolivarian National Armed Force, and they will continue in failure after failure, in frustration after frustration, and we will continue looking towards the future,” said the diplomat.
According to Arreaza, the current situation points to the need for a new type of political participation. “We need a credible Venezuelan opposition, nationalist, independent of the US, that thinks differently, that challenges us, that confronts us in the field of ideas, that confronts us in the electoral field,” said the diplomat.
A brake on imperialist madness
The chancellor has stressed that this “pattern” of destabilization – which has failed to threaten the democratically elected government – comes from Washington, whose current stance of sanctions and threats of intervention “is the most illegal thing that exists”.
“Where does [the UN Charter] state that there is a unilateral war that may be legal? Nowhere, but they don’t respect international law,” he said.
The diplomat stressed that it is respect for laws that differentiates the status of world power of Moscow and Beijing from that of Washington. “The imperialist madness must be stopped, and Russia and China, which are great counterweights in the concert of nations, are called upon to fulfill that role and are fulfilling it,” he said.
Along the same lines, Arreaza condemned the U.S. tendency to point out as inappropriate the cooperation between Caracas, Moscow, Beijing and other allies. “No one can come and tell Venezuela or any country in the world with whom to establish relations and with whom not to,” he said.
They compete to see who attacks Venezuela the most
On the other hand, the minister described it as “impressive” that Latin American presidents such as that of Colombia and Chile compete “between them to see which of the two is most loved” by US President Donald Trump, “who is like their political boss”.
“So they compete to see who attacks Venezuela more, who emits more hatred of Venezuela […] so that [Trump] recognizes them a little more and promotes them,” Arreaza said. “They are trying to turn Latin America into a US company and it is not going to be allowed, the people are not going to allow it,” he added.
However, the diplomat hopes that Trump will not give any military orders against Venezuela – “which is not a threat at all or to anyone” – and disavows the advice of his “warrior” advisors. He also expressed the hope that the opposition will give way to dialogue, despite the fact that its leadership is ” hijacked by these hawks”.
In that sense, the chancellor emphasized that the key could not be the U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton, but the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. “I am sure that Mr. Pompeo has the capacity for reflection to be able to establish a new strategy for rapprochement with Venezuela,” said Arreaza prior to the meeting that will take place this Monday between the US official and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.