During a remote UN Security Council hearing, the US denied accusations that it was behind the latest failed coup in Venezuela and attempted to place the blame on Russia for questioning the Trump Administration’s claims…
The latest United Nations Security Council hearing was called by Russia, based on a letter submitted by Venezuela, which demanded a response to an attempted attack on their government.
The UN Under Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, read from the letter, “armed groups of mercenaries and terrorist organized, trained, financed and protected by the governments of the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America illegally entered the Venezuelan territory.”
The US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, argued the council shouldn’t have even considered the letter in the first place, because the US does not recognize the government of Nicolas Maduro.
“The letter from the illegitimate Maduro regime that prompted today’s meeting is, as such letters always are, a long-winded complication of fantastical accusations and demonstrable falsehoods. Unfortunately, for the second time in less than a month, our Russian colleagues have indulged their client regime’s habit of blaming others for its appalling choices,” Craft said.
In addition to denying the allegations, the US argued the responsibility should be on Russia, for treating the claims from Venezuela as credible.
The Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, questioned why, if the US had no involvement, the operation was led by American citizens specifically targeting the president the US has been trying to overthrow.
“U.S. authorities claim that they have nothing to do with this. We will be glad to believe them, but failed to explain that according to the contract, two American citizens were planning to take hostage of legitimate Venezuelan president and bring him to the U.S. For what purpose, may I ask?” Polyanskiy said.
The operation was led by Green Beret veteran Jordan Goudreau, who spent months looking for investors, claiming his goal was to overthrow the Venezuelan government and then secure the oil fields, which would lead to a lucrative return on investment.
He claimed he had contacts in DC, the backing of the State Department, and he was working with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has had the full support of the Trump Administration.
The attempt was carried out on May 3, just three days after former National Security Advisor John Bolton took to Twitter to say “Morning is coming to Venezuela—again,” and a few weeks after the State Department offered a $15-million-dollar reward for information on Maduro.
The Iranian ambassador to Venezuela confirmed that five tankers carrying more than $45 million dollars’ worth of gasoline and supplies are still en route to Venezuela, despite complaints from the US.
He argued they are “two independent, sovereign countries” making legal agreements with each other, and they should have the right to do so—no matter the sanctions they are facing from the US.
Venezuela’s defense minister also revealed the country’s military plans to be ready and waiting to escort Iran’s tankers as soon as they reach Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone.
Now, it still remains to be seen if the US is going to send its Navy to attempt to interfere at sea.