While dozens of countries are following the United States and are publicly endorsing the overthrow of Venezuela’s elected president, Nicolas Maduro told RT that he is not going down without a fight, and he is not deterred by the threat of a U-S military invasion.
|“In Venezuela, there is going to be no war, no military intervention, which does not mean that we do not prepare to defend our land, which is sacred, that we do not prepare the whole system of weapons, the artillery system, missiles, the weapons,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.|
The latest US sanctions against Venezuela directly targeted the country’s state-run oil company. And Maduro said he believes the quest to replace him is motivated by Venezuela’s wealth of natural reserves such as gold, gas, and oil.
“What is Donald Trump’s ‘casus belli’ against Venezuela? What is it?” Maduro asked. “We don’t have the weapons of mass destruction, we don’t pose any security threat to them. The ‘casus belli’ is the oil of Venezuela, the riches of Venezuela, its gold, gas, diamonds, iron, water, our material riches.”
While the Trump Administration has yet to respond to Maduro’s comments, key figures such as National Security Advisor John Bolton have openly admitted that the U-S government is working with corporations to take advantage of Venezuela’s oil reserves if Maduro is overthrown.
The latest meeting of the Lima group resulted in support for opposition leader Juan Guaido and a statement urging the Venezuelan military to help foster a peaceful change in government.
Several Russian and Latin American news outlets reported that they were turned away and denied credentials to the meeting. Russia and China are among the list of countries standing by Maduro, which also includes US-ally and NATO member Turkey. President Erdogan recently called out the West for taking part in imperialist meddling and pushing for an unlawful decision to overthrow Maduro.
President Trump has said that he denied Maduro’s request to meet and discuss the current situation because they were too far along in what he referred to as “the process.”
But Trump’s claim that U-S military intervention is an option in Venezuela, is raising serious questions how far the U-S will go to ensure that their preferred leader is in power.