Contents tagged with Maduro

  • Pompeo: Maduro surrendered his power to Cubans and Russians

    Venezuela needs a leader who can fight corruption, who will not hand over power to the Cubans or request Russian intervention, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while on a visit to Paraguay.

    “Maduro and his henchmen have destroyed this nation. The Venezuelan people can see that very plainly. It’s why they didn’t want him back. They gave power to the National Assembly, now Juan Guaido, in a way that will ultimately deliver true democracy and prosperity back to Venezuela. You know the …

  • Kremlin decides to classify Maduro’s debt

    The Russian Finance Ministry has decided not to disclose any more information about the Nicolas Maduro regime’s debt repayments to Russia, announced Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak at a Moscow Stock Exchange forum on Wednesday.

    In March, Venezuela was supposed to pay Russia a $100 million installment on its $3 billion intergovernmental loan. But Moscow will not say whether it received the money or not, since the government loans program is now classified, Storchak noted.

    “Everything …

  • US Special Representative predicts fall of Maduro regime within year

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be removed from power or step down on his own accord within a year, said US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

    Abrams does not think the Venezuelan conflict has the potential to drag on or to transition to an active phase as happened in Syria. He also stressed that Washington was initially not expecting a rapid change of government in Venezuela, and is now waiting for the situation to unfold.

    “I highly doubt it [that Maduro will …

  • Organization of American States accuses Russia of military incursion in Venezuela

    The Organization of American States (OAS) has accused Russia of making a military incursion in Venezuela.

    “The General Secretariat of the OAS rejects the recent Russian military incursion into Venezuelan territory, which was not authorized by the National Assembly, as required by the Venezuelan Constitution, and which was done in support of a government that has been declared illegitimate,” the organization stated in a press release.

    The OAS openly supports the self-declared interim …

  • Two Russian military aircraft land in Venezuela

    Two Russian military transport planes landed in Venezuela on 23 March, according to flight-tracking data from CivMilAir. The Venezuelan news outlet El Nacional reports that the planes were transporting a group of Russian soldiers led by Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov.

    El Nacional cites a post on Twitter by reporter Javier Mayorca, who claims that “a group of 99 Russian soldiers” had landed at the Caracas airport, where they were met by Marianni Mata, head of the Venezuelan Defense …

  • Kremlin takes over sanctioned Russian-Venezuelan bank

    The Russian government has decided to take over VTB Bank’s shares in Evrofinance Mosnarbank, which has come under sanctions for servicing payments by the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela.

    VTB’s share in the bank of 25% plus one share, which is held through VTB’s foreign offices and ITC Consultants, will most likely be transferred to the Federal Agency for State Property Management at no cost, VTB head Andrey Kostin announced on Thursday.

    “The decision has been made, and it has been approved …

  • Kremlin: Russia will help Venezuela cope with blackouts

    The ambassador of the Russian Federation in Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky said that Russia is ready to help Venezuela deal with the blackouts, Interfax reported.

     “Of course, our country is ready to support our strategic partner Venezuela in this difficult situation,” the diplomat said.

    According to Zaemsky, a special commission established by the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is investigating the accident at the El Guri hydroelectric power plant. Maduro is expected to ask Russia for …

  • Kremlin warns of ‘toughest response’ if Russian investments in Venezuela are threatened

    Russian Ambassador to Caracas Vladimir Zaemski promised that Moscow's response to attempts of depriving the Russian companies of their investments in Venezuela would be "very tough." The Russian diplomat explained that the actions of Washington and not the Venezuelan government put Russian investments in Venezuela at risk.

    “But they [the risks to Russian investments in Venezuela] are caused, as the example of CITGO clearly demonstrated, by the behavior of Washington and not the Venezuelan …

  • Media: Another Russian plane flew from Moscow to Caracas

    Nordwind Airlines' Boeing-777 flew from Moscow to Caracas on March 1, then traveled to Uganda and Zanzibar and returned to Venezuela on March 4, wrote Novaya Gazeta with reference to Flightradar24.

    Novaya Gazeta had reported earlier that an  IL-62 board of the Russian Ministry of Defense was seen on its way to Caracas from Moscow on March 3. Flightradar24 recorded only some details of the flight. The crew could turn off the transponder so as not to transmit all the flight coordinates.

    The …

  • Kremlin offers the US to start Venezuela negotiations

    The Russian government has started to lose faith in its ability to keep Nicolás Maduro in power in Venezuela, despite the $17 billion Moscow has spent on assistance for the country over the last 12 years.

    When another of Venezuela’s major creditors – China – began negotiations with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as interim president by the US, EU and 8 Latin American countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry contacted Washington, asking to begin bilateral consultations on …