The United States imposed sanctions on Chinese state-owned company China Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) on Monday, accusing it of supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to restrict internet access and conduct digital surveillance of the regime’s political opponents, undermining democracy.
This week, the Venezuelan leader of the opposition, Juan Guaido, gave an interview regarding the continuation of the US’ bipartisan support of the Venezuelan opposition by the newly-elected US President, Joe Biden, and his administration. However, Venezuela can suffer the same fate as Syria, except the trajectory will differ.
The election of the new president of the United States, Joe Biden, was welcomed by most of the leaders of the main countries of Latin America Saturday and Sunday With the exception of the presidents of Brazil and Mexico. Head of State of the largest Latin nation, Jair Bolsonaro has yet to speak out officially about Joe Biden’s victory.
According to Reuters, a Fars Air Qeshm plane, belonging to Mahan Iran, landed in Venezuela on Tuesday. The airline had started operating to transport cargo and personnel on the orders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The United States and Iran have not commented on the matter.
A British appeals court on Monday overturned an earlier lower court ruling, which had granted Venezuela’s self-declared President, Juan Guaidó, access to the more than 30 tons of Venezuelan gold that are deposited in the Bank of England. The ruling thus presents a new twist in the conflict.
The European Union has come under heavy criticism from the European People’s Party (EPP) after organizing a diplomatic mission to Venezuela. The move, according to the party leaders, is inappropriate and sends a message to Nicolas Maduro’s regime that he is the recognized leader of the nation.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused the United States of spreading insecurity around the world as it seeks to impose its will upon smaller nations that have resisted its policies. He said that the world is less peaceful now because of the aggression projected by the United States.
The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on September 25, his new order to create a Military Science Council to work on the country’s own weapons system. The announcement was commemorated to the 15th anniversary of the operational strategic command of the armed forces of the Republic.
The European Union foreign ministers on Monday unanimously agreed not to recognize the democratic legitimacy of the Belarusian president, Alexandr Lukashenko, following the country’s recent controversial elections. The said ministers, However, failed to adopt sanctions against the regime after Cyprus vetoed.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to leave office in order to liberate his nation from the devastating sanctions imposed by the US. The US official said this while visiting Guyana. According to Pompeo, Maduro was preventing economic progress in his nation by holding on to power.
News outlets aligned to the ruling Socialist Party in Venezuela have revealed more details about the US spy captured near the Amuay and Cardon oil refineries a few days ago. The initial statement indicated that the man was found with a substantial amount of money in dollars as well as specialized equipment.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that a US spy has been caught spying close to the Amuay and Cardon refineries. According to his statement, the man is linked to the CIA. He was reportedly found with a sizeable amount of money as well as specialized weapons. No further details have been revealed except that he is in detention.
On 12 June 2020, Alex Saab, Special Envoy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, was on his way to Tehran, Iran, on a humanitarian mission to alleviate the difficulties arising from the Covid-19 crisis in that country, when he was arrested by Cape Verdean authorities during a refuelling stop in the country. This arrest took place before the publication of the Interpol notice and was therefore carried out without a valid international warrant and in a totally irregular manner, since, as a special envoy of his country, he enjoys inviolability and diplomatic immunity and can therefore be detained only on the basis of an international warrant such as the one issued subsequently.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in response to remarks by his Colombian counterpart that Venezuela was considering buying Iranian missiles, described the idea as “good” and called on his defense minister to negotiate with Iran. On Saturday described, the Venezuelan President called the purchase of missiles from Iran as a “good idea”.
The US government recently issued a $5 million bounty for information leading to arrest and incarceration of Venezuelan Chief Justice Maikel José Moreno Pérez. The chief judicial officer is accused of receiving significant amounts of assets to influence the ruling of judicial cases in the country.
Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has just concluded a visit to Venezuela to negotiate the release of eight prisoners. Seven of them are Americans. According to Richardson, he had a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. Richardson described the president as friendly and cordial.
A British court has ruled against an application by Venezuela’s central bank for a refund of €890 million in gold reserves. According to the ruling by the British high court, Venezuela’s existing gold reserves in the UK will be given to the parallel government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaido.
Donald Trump’s administration has instructed prosecutors to file a lawsuit to seize four Iranian tankers carrying gasoline to Venezuela, according to Reuters. The lawsuit aims to seize Iranian tankers, prevent future deliveries of gasoline to Venezuela, and increase sanctions and economic pressure on both.
A court in Britain today ruled that it is opposition leader Juan Guaidó, and not President Nicolás Maduro, who has authority over Venezuela’s gold reserves deposited at the Bank of England. The London Commercial Court ruled that the government had “unequivocally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president,” rather than Maduro.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has ordered the European Union (EU) ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, to leave the country within 72 hours. Maduro gave the order on Monday following Brussels’ imposition of sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials.
US President Donald Trump has indicated that he has little interest at the moment to influence Venezuelan politics or usurp Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. He has also publicly pronounced that he is not particularly interested in installing opposition leader Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has stated that he is open to an eventual meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, in an interview published on Sunday. The move by Trump in a way reduces the weight of his Venezuelan opponent Juan Guaidó.
Iran is reportedly sending a ship ferrying cargo to Venezuela. The move comes amidst growing sanctions on vessels and companies involved in facilitating bilateral trade between the two nations. Last week, the US Treasury Department enacted sanctions targeting four shipping companies.
Nearly 80 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes due to war and conflict, fear of terror and violence, as well as economic collapse and poverty. According to a recent report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday, the number of refugees in the world has reached 79.5 million.
Chinese oil companies have stopped chartering oil tankers that have, in the past year, delivered consignments to Venezuela. This is following a new directive by the United States government sanctioning vessels involved in boosting the Venezuela oil sector. According to the Department of the Treasury, companies aiding the corrupt regime of President Nicholas Maduro are in contravention of current statutes.
Venezuela’s foreign minister is accusing France of having given refuge to opposition leader Juan Guaidó at its embassy in Caracas, a charge that Paris denies. “Mr Juan Guaido is not at the French residency in Caracas. We have confirmed this to the Venezuelan authorities several times,” French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said.
The Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ruled on Wednesday that the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, is not the legitimate president of the country’s National Assembly, the country’s Parliament. As per the court’s ruling, the legislative presidency is now in the hands of deputy Luis Parra, who had initially been elected to the post in a controversial session on January 5.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sternly warned the United States and threatened retaliatory action against Washington should it dare cause any hitches to the transportation of Iranian oil tankers to Venezuela. Rouhani says Iran would never start a conflict but has the legitimate right to defend its national interests, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
The Iranian army is escorting tankers to Venezuela to deliver oil. Earlier, the United States said it could block the tanker from reaching Venezuela. The five tankers are expected to reach Venezuela soon. Venezuela’s Defense Minister noted that oil tankers will stop at the port in the special economic zone.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez is recognized by the United States, and a slew of other western nations, as the rightful leader of Venezuela. The US government has imposed a series of economic sanctions on the ruling regime in a bid to usurp rival Nicolas Maduro and his cohorts from power.
An Iranian media network that is aligned to the reigning regime has issued a warning to the United States government against carrying out any moves that would jeopardize its oil shipment to Venezuela. The ship that is destined for the Latin American nation has already left the port.
On May 6 The Washington Post reported that the Venezuelan opposition in October 2019 signed a contract with the American PMC Silvercorp to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Post states the contract amount was approximately $213 million. The agreement supposedly outlined Nicolas Maduro was the target and specifically indicated the undertaking to overthrow Maduro. Additionally, it included the clause to establish the regime and bring to power Juan Guaido.
The United Nations warned today of the rapid spread of cases of covid-19 in prisons on the American continent. They stressed that overcrowding and poor hygiene conditions in most of the prison facilities are a key contributor to the situation. “Thousands of inmates and prison officials have already been infected across North and South America,” said the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland today.
Several human rights organizations have called for a thorough investigation into a prison riot in Venezuela that left at least 46 inmates dead. The fracas took place on Friday in the Los Llanos prison in the state of Portuguesa in western Venezuela. In addition to the dead, 75 others were left nursing injuries.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the Trump administration is going to extend Iran’s weapons embargo. The ban was set to expire in October, as outlined in the Iranian nuclear deal. The unprecedented move has provoked its European allies, who have pointed out that the United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 on its own accord.
The Brazilian government announced on Friday that in the midst of the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, it will repatriate 38 officials from its diplomatic corps in Venezuela, according to a joint statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.
Under the new Saudi- Russo oil deal, Saudi Arabia and Russia lead the record for oil cuts as part of the agreement committed by 23 countries to withhold 9.7 million barrels a day from markets. Western publications, including The New Yorker, ran articles this week with headlines such as “How the Russian-Saudi Oil War Went Awry—for Putin Most of All.”
Russia de-facto now owns Venezuela, taking advantage of the country’s extended suffering. The economy is depleted and the country is in severe turmoil. It does not help that coronavirus has effected economies around the globe.
Additionally, the US unsealed indictments against 14 officials and government-connected parties. Currently, there is a reward offered of $55 million for Nicolas Maduro and four others according to US Attorney General William Barr. He called the regime “corrupt.” One of the indictments is out of New York, where prosecutors allege Maduro and socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello (the head of the constitutional assembly) of conspiring with Colombian rebels and members of the military to support the drug trade including cocaine trafficking into the US. Sixty nations including the US do not recognize Maduro as the President of Venezuela. At this time the US only recognizes Juan Guaidó as the Venezuelan leader.
The United States has filed an indictment against Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and four other associates for drug trafficking. The administration is offering a $15 million reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the president, and $10 million for each of his conspirators.
The United States Department of Justice has indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for “narcoterrorism.” The US Attorney General William Barr made the announcement on Thursday. The United States has also promised a bounty of up to $15 million for information leading to the arrest of Maduro, as announced by the US State Department.
Venezuela is experiencing possibly the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, sans the Covid-19 situation. The Latin-American nation is not only struggling to contain the epidemic but also trying to tackle deep-seated economic issues that have plagued it for years. They include US sanctions, prevalent corruption, a skyrocketing inflation rate that has surpassed 10 million percent in the past decade, and a collapsed infrastructural system.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a “relaxation or suspension” of international sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and other countries facing the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Bachelet called it a “crucial time,” marked by the COVID-pandemic.
Brazil, which closed its land borders with Venezuela two days ago, decided on Thursday to close them with its other neighbors for a period of 15 days to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to a ministerial decree, the border with Uruguay will remain open.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a defense agreement in Miami Sunday, enabling joint development of military capabilities with the United States. The signing took place a day after U.S. President Donald Trump received Bolsonaro at his residence and Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, near Miami.