Venezuelan foreign minister slams Chilean minister’s statements about Maduro

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CARACAS, February 14. /TASS/. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has slammed the statements made by his Chilean counterpart Roberto Ampuero about the Venezuelan authorities.

“It is hard to believe that Latin American governments welcome blockade imposed by the US which brings suffering to the Venezuelan people and has inflicted over $30 billion worth of damages, and they are participating in the media spectacle orchestrated by US President Donald Trump and his followers,” Arreaza wrote on his official Twitter account. He was commenting on Ampuero’s statement that “it is hard to understand the cruelty of Maduro’s regime that does not allow humanitarian aid to reach Venezuelans who need it so much.”

On February 2 Guaido announced opening three checkpoints for accepting foreign humanitarian aid. The three checkpoints are in Cucuta, on the border with Brazil and on an island in the Caribbean. He did not rule out that another checkpoint may be opened on the territory of Colombia but did not specify the details.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the initiative on humanitarian aid delivery represents “oligarchy’s bad and cheap show” and called on Venezuelans to refuse it. Despite the position announced by official Caracas, a checkpoint for distributing humanitarian aid to Venezuelans was opened on February 8 in Colombia’s border city of Cucuta.

On January 23 Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the country’s acting president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States.

Guaido was recognized as interim president by the Lima Group countries (except for Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States. Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis. Maduro was supported by Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Belarus and China called for resolving all issues by peaceful means and spoke against any interference from the outside. The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

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