- Maduro says the US is bullying smaller nations.
- He has accused the US of trying to trigger a coup in his country.
- Venezuela recently captured a US spy.
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.
That came in a pre-recorded statement sent to the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) virtual meeting held earlier this week. He also noted that the Trump administration had rallied against the World Health Organization at a time when greater cooperation was needed to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
“The world defeated fascism 75 years ago. The world will also win against those who seek hegemony, against imperialist ideas, and it will be able to defeat neo-fascism,” he said.
Maduro has, on many occasions, accused the US government of attempting to undercut his leadership in order to take over his nation’s resources. Venezuela has some of the world’s biggest oil reserves, but export and import embargoes, as well as economic sanctions, have pushed it to the brink of collapse.
Venezuela Accuses the US of Sending Spies
The Venezuelan government recently accused the US administration of sending agents on a sabotage mission. This is following the capture and subsequent conviction of Matthew John Heath, a former Green Beret.
He was found scouting the Amuay and Cardon refineries while in possession of specialized weapons, which included a grenade launcher. He also had a satellite phone and a bag of cash in US dollars. Heath was in the company of three Venezuelans who were charged with treason.
According to the arrest announcement made by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro last week, the captured American is a former marine with CIA ties.
Heath was charged with weapons trafficking, terrorism, and conspiracy. In the aftermath of the bust, Maduro urged refinery workers to be vigilant and ensure security around the nation’s oil facilities.
Two other former green berets were indicted in a Venezuelan court this month and handed 20-year jail sentences. They were accused of planning a coup in May.
Confessions from the captured men revealed that the scheme dubbed ‘Operation Gedeon’ was aimed at kidnapping Maduro and handing him over to the US.
A Florida-based security firm called Silvercorp was reportedly involved in the planning. It was apparently hired by people connected to Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido.
According to Tarek William Saab, the chief prosecutor in the sabotage case, the four captured men were plotting to attack the nation’s oil industry and electric grid system.
A disruption of these facilities would cause a blackout and worsen oil shortage subsequently triggering social unrest.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently asked Maduro to resign so as to ease tensions between the two nations and give way to more beneficial ties. This was while on a visit to Guyana.
The US government recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader.