What is going on between the Latin American nation and the European bloc? At the origin of such a fiery climate are the sanctions that Brussels has issued against some officials of the Venezuelan government.
And, above all, there is the question of power not recognized in Maduro by many western states, which see the president as a usurper of the position held following illegitimate elections in 2018.
The rivalry between Venezuela and the European Union joins the fiercer relationship with the USA. Meanwhile, the tension is also growing with the EU blockade. What to expect?
Maduro against Europe: threats
Hard words e threats direct came from Venezuela to Europe by mouth Maduro:
“Who are they to try to impose themselves with threats? That’s enough! This is why I decided to give the ambassador 72 hours to leave our country and ask for respect for the EU. Enough with colonialism, interventionism. A plane will be lent to you so it goes. If they don’t respect us, leave! ”
The indignant reaction of the Venezuelan president follows the decision of Monday 29 June in Brussels, when the Council of the EU has decided to add 11 people from the country to a list of Venezuelans already undergoing restrictive measures, such as travel bans and property blocks.
Maduro did not spare, therefore, sarcastic and defiant tones to the EU bloc: “What a pity, 27 countries, a continent with great economic, military, political power, in knee in front of Trump and his aggression policies, he recognizes a puppet like Guaidó “
Recalling the rivalry against the White House, the Venezuelan president wanted to reiterate his friendship with Trump, now supported by a dangerous axis with Iran.
Why did the EU sanction Maduro officials?
The sanctions were made against officials who in Europe are held responsible for “Politically motivated and serious criminal actions human rights violations and restrictions of fundamental freedoms “.
And to act against the democratic functioning of the National Assembly of Venezuela, eliminating, for example, the parliamentary immunity of several members such as the president Guaidò, the only one recognized as legitimate by the EU and the US.
Guaidó declared himself interim president last year in a failed attempt to oust Maduro, arguing that the re-election of the 2018 president in a widely contested vote was illegitimate.
The EU started issuing sanctions against Venezuela in 2017, with an arms embargo and a freeze on assets for the individuals listed.
Josep Borrell said that “a negotiated solution between Venezuelans“Would be the only way for the country to”emerge from its deep crisis“. And he promised diplomatic retaliation for the expulsion of the EU ambassador.
The tension between Europe is Venezuela there is: how far will it go?