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US steps up threat to Venezuela

by New Worker correspondent

AMERICAN imperialism stepped up its war of words against Venezuela this week by openly threatening to impose a naval blockade on the Bolivarian Republic as a prelude to an invasion to oust the Maduro government.

US President Donald Trump says his administration is considering a “blockade or quarantine” against the defiant Latin American republic. But Venezuela’s friends, which include Cuba, Russia and People’s China are stepping up their efforts to provide economic and medical aid to Venezuela. They have all vowed to continue their work with the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro that follows the revolutionary path of Hugo Chavez.

Russia has rejected repeated American demands to cut its ties with Venezuela and President Maduro says the people are ready to resist and defeat the US imperialist blockade against his county. This week these ties were strengthened when a leading member of the Venezuelan government landed in Moscow for talks with the Russian leadership.

Venezuelan vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez, held high-level talks in the Kremlin this week to strengthen the growing alliance between Venezuela and the Russian Federation. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia “will always be supportive” of Venezuela and that it intends to counteract the pressure against the Maduro government. Delcy Rodriguez responded by thanking the Russian Government and people for their support. She said “Russia had drawn the sword for all the peoples that fight for our independence and sovereignty”.

The United States Navy is “ready” to act in favour of Washington’s interests in Venezuela, says a top American commander. US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Faller made the claim on Monday in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro as the United States kicked off its annual UNITAS maritime exercise.

He further bragged about America’s military might, claiming that the US navy is ready to do “what needs to be done”.

“The United States Navy is the most powerful navy in the world. If a policy decision is made to deploy the navy, I’m convinced that we’ll be able to do what needs to be done.” He further vowed that the US would topple the “illegitimate regime” of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro.

In a recent interview, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that Washington is particularly concerned over growing Chinese, Russian and Cuban influence in the southern hemisphere. Bolton stated that his boss, Donald Trump, is determined not to see Venezuela “fall under the sway of foreign powers”. He has a custom of referring to the racist Monroe Doctrine, which considers Latin America to be the Americans’ own backyard where it can do as it pleases.

Venezuela has been suffering a humanitarian and political crisis that intensified in January when an American-backed opposition politician, Juan Guaidó, illegally declared himself the country’s “interim president” after disputing President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election.

The United States and some of its lackeys have recognized Guaidó. But Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia, Turkey and a number of other countries recognize Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.

Maduro has called Guaidó a puppet of the United States and accused Washington of trying to orchestrate a coup to change the Venezuelan government and take over the country’s natural resources.

The US has steadily increased its sanctions on Venezuela in the mistaken belief that this will further the cause of their local lackeys. But the armed forces have remained loyal to the Maduro government. Three coup attempts have been foiled and Venezuelans have rallied around their besieged government.