Dueling Russian/US Resolutions on Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Russia and the US presented draft resolutions on Venezuela to the Security Council, yet to be voted on - neither with a chance for adoption.
The US draft is all about supporting its coup d'etat attempt to destroy Bolivarian social democracy, wanting fascist tyranny replacing it.
Falsely calling "the National Assembly…the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela," the draft ignored Maduro's legitimacy as the country's president, certified by international observers last May.
It also ignored the illegal seating of four anti-Bolivarian MPs, accused of electoral fraud in defeating opponents.
The CIA and so-called National Endowment for Democracy, mandated to eliminate it in foreign countries, bear full responsibility for orchestrating street violence and chaos in Venezuela.
Government security forces are countering it to protect Venezuelans wanting calm, peace and stability, free from foreign interference.
The US resolution falsely accused Venezuelan security forces of "violence and excessive force…against unarmed, peaceful protesters."
There's nothing "peaceful" about US orchestrated violence and chaos, part of the Trump regime's aim to steal and plunder the nation.
It wants its will overriding Venezuelan democracy, refusing to recognize the will of its people last May in reelecting Maduro, demanding a new election, the results only to be accepted if an opposition candidate it supports wins.
Russia is on the right side of history. Its draft resolution supports Venezuelan territorial integrity and political independence, free from illegal foreign interference.
It slams (US) "attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of Venezuela."
It calls for "resolving the political tensions in Venezuela through 'peaceful measures' based on a 'political settlement' without any preconditions or outside interference."
It "express(es) concern over the threats to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Venezuela."
Russia vowed full support for Maduro, Sergey Lavrov saying Moscow will do everything in its power to support the lawful authorities in Caracas - with no further elaboration.
He slammed the Trump regime, saying the US and its imperial partners "are creating the most serious obstacles to the possibility of international assistance in resolving the crisis in Venezuela."
He denounced "cynical sanctions" imposed by the Trump regime on state-owned oil giant PDVSA, adding:
"The US…has experience in such illegitimate handling of other's money. Such freezing was applied at one time to Iraq, Libya, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Panama."
"(T)his freezing essentially resulted in the confiscation of assets from another government. The British authorities are doing the same thing…by…confiscating" Venezuelan gold stored in London.
US companies operating in Venezuela are excluded from Trump regime sanctions, further evidence that imposing them is all about trying to topple Maduro by coup d'etat.
Separately, Russia's Foreign Ministry said "(t)he (National Assembly) radical right wing (backs street violence)."
"This color scenario is not new," a longstanding US strategy, orchestrating violence in one country after another to topple sovereign independent governments unwilling to subordinate the rights and well-being of their people to US interests.
Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed support for Maduro's legitimacy, "rejec(ing) statements by the self-proclaimed Juan Guaido who welcomes a US military intervention in Venezuela."
Over concern about possible US military intervention, Venezuela's military began what Maduro called the "most important" drills in the country's history, continuing through February 15.
"We must prepare to defend (Venezuelan) sovereignty, territorial integrity, (and) independence," Maduro stressed.
Earlier Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the nation's military is prepared to defend the homeland if attacked by a foreign aggressor. Maduro stressed the importance of preparing for possible war by the US to destroy Venezuelan sovereignty.
Trump failed to rule out military intervention. All options are on the table, he said - a familiar remark, time and again followed by US naked aggression against nations threatening no others.
If ongoing Trump regime tactics fail to topple Maduro, military intervention may be its backup option.
Perhaps it'll include shock-and-awe terror-bombing, the Pentagon tactic used in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa with similar results - mass slaughter and destruction to follow if the US goes this far, the highest of high crimes of war and against humanity.
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