Venezuela FM reaffirms US criminal nature of coercive measures

Venezuela FM reaffirms US criminal nature of coercive measures

Caracas, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) The unilateral coercive measures implemented by the US government against Venezuela today represent a criminal and inhumane policy, reiterated the Foreign Affairs Minister of this South American country, Jorge Arreaza.

In statements to the private channel Venevision, the head of the Venezuelan diplomacy denounced Washington’s intentions to block the access to essential goods and services, in order to generate shortages and desperation aiming at causing a social explosion and a change of regime.

In the face of this criminal persecution, ‘the Venezuelan people have given signs of conscience, patriotism and also of courage to move forward,’ the Foreign Affairs Minister asserted.

Last February, Venezuela filed a lawsuit before the International Criminal Court against the US government for crimes against humanity committed on the occasion of successive economic asphyxiation actions.

Arreaza said that due to hightened coercive measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic impact should exceed 200 billion dollars, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

The blockade is ‘really serious, cruel, criminal and has a fundamentally human negative impact; the key is to cause pain to generate discontent and provoke a political change at the will of Washington,’ the minister insisted. He also highlighted the importance of the diversification of Venezuela’s international relations, started by the Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez (1954-2013), to carry out minimum processes of the economy and to support the pressure generated by the unilateral coercive measures.

In this sense, the holder mentioned the cooperative relations of strategic scope established with countries such as Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and Cuba, on the principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference.

International solidarity and alliances with those nations, ratified in broad collaboration agreements signed in the technological, oil, agricultural and productive fields, among others, allowed Venezuela to bear the pressure of the so-called sanctions, the Foreign Minister affirmed.

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