The United States is considering all options for resolving the situation in Venezuela and will use all necessary means to overthrow the power of the Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro. This is stated in a statement released on Tuesday by White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
“All options are being considered. The United States will use all appropriate means to end the retention of Maduro’s power in Venezuela, to support the Venezuelan people’s access to humanitarian aid and to ensure a democratic transition in Venezuela,” the document says.
“The dictatorship of Maduro must end so that Venezuela has a stable, democratic and prosperous future – free from the horrors of socialism that destroyed this once great country,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, US presidential aide for national security John Bolton on Tuesday called on Russia to refrain from providing assistance to the Venezuelan authorities.
“We again say to Russia, especially to those who control its finances:“ Do not raise rates in a previously lost bet, ”said Bolton at the International Conference on the Situation in Venezuela in Lima. The broadcast was on the Facebook page of the American Embassy in Peru.
With a similar appeal, Bolton turned to Beijing. “For China, which is already desperate to recover its financial losses, the fastest way to do this is to support the new legitimate government of Venezuela,” he said. “Russia and China, we say that your support for the Maduro regime is unacceptable.”
In addition, John Bolton threatened new measures against Cuba for its cooperation with the Bolivarian Republic. “The United States is taking certain steps to break ties between Venezuela and Cuba. Our sanctions on ships transporting oil between the two countries are only the beginning,” Bolton emphasized.
The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it supports the legitimate president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. As Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov stated in Caracas on July 21, the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has no reason to claim that he represents the will of the people of Venezuela.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump signed a decree imposing new sanctions on Venezuela. The US authorities decided to freeze the assets of Caracas in their country. In addition, sanctions could hit Russian and Chinese companies that support the Maduro regime.
Donald Trump also announced that he is considering introducing a blockade of Venezuela.
The crisis in Venezuela escalated after the opposition leader Juan Guaido, whose appointment to the post of parliament speaker two days earlier was canceled by the Supreme Court of Venezuela, declared himself acting president of the country on January 23, 2019. The United States recognized him as the interim head of state, they were joined by the countries of the Lima Group (with the exception of Mexico), the Organization of American States and several European countries.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the incident an attempted coup. Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey spoke in support of it.
Note that the political crisis in the country broke out against the backdrop of a deep economic crisis that has been going on for many years. Fleeing from hyperinflation, hunger, and a shortage of goods and medicines, 3 million people have already left the country (approximately one out of ten residents).