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EU: Venezuela envoy announced unwelcome

Brussels 25.02.2021 “On the initiative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council today agreed that the head of the Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the European Union be declared persona non grata” the statement of the European Council reads.

“This is a response to the decision by the Venezuelan government to declare the head of the EU delegation to Venezuela as persona non grata. The EU considers this declaration as wholly unwarranted and contrary to the EU’s objective of developing relations and building partnerships in third countries”.

On Wednesday, February 24, Caracas has ordered the expulsion of the chief European Union envoy following the bloc鈥檚 decision to impose sanctions on several Venezuelan officials accused of undermining democracy or violating human rights. The European Union sanctioned 19 additional Venezuelan officials on Monday, February 22, on grounds of human rights abuses and undermining democracy or the rule of law.

Among those added to the sanctions list are several judges of the constitutional chamber of the supreme court and members of the national electoral council.

They join another 36 officials who have already been banned from travelling to the EU and saw their assets in the EU frozen. Exports to Venezuela of weapons and equipment that could be used against civil society are also banned.

Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa was given 72 hours to leave the troubled country. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Brilhante Pedrosa was declared persona non grata by decision of President Nicol谩s Maduro.

Venezuela cancels EU Ambassador eviction

“The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the European Union’s External Action Service inform the international community that today, the Venezuelan Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, held a phone conversation in which they agreed on the need to maintain the framework of diplomatic relations, especially at times when cooperation between both parties can facilitate the path of political dialogue” reads the text of the statement of the Euroepan External Action Service (EEAS) attributed to a spokesperson.

“Consequently, the Venezuelan Government decided to rescind the decision taken on June 29, 2020, by which Ambassador Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Caracas, was declared persona non grata.

“They both agreed to promote diplomatic contacts between the parties at the highest level, within the framework of sincere cooperation and respect for international law”.

President Maduro expels EU Ambassador

President Nicol谩s Maduro has ordered the European Union’s Ambassador H.E. Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa (pictured) to leave Venezuela within 72 hours.

In his announcement on Juin 29 broadcast on state television, speaking of the EU, Mr Maduro said: “If they can’t respect Venezuela, then they should leave it.”
He added: “A plane can be loaned for her [Pedrosa] to leave.” Venezuela’s air space is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The diplomat expulsion came hours after the EU placed sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials for acting against the National Assembly headed by opposition leader Juan Guaid贸.

Juan Guaid贸 declared himself interim President of Venezuela last year but has failed to remove Mr Maduro.
The opposition leader has the backing of the EU and the US.

Venezuela expels German ambassador

Venezuela government has declared the German ambassador persona non grata and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours in aftermath of political crisis intensified.

The decision to expel Daniel Kriener who has been based in Caracas since 2018 became public via Venezuela鈥檚 foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, post in Twitter micro blog.

Arreaza said the decision was based on Daniel Kriener鈥檚 鈥渞epeated acts of interference in the country鈥檚 internal affairs鈥.

In a statement, Maduro鈥檚 administration accused Kriener and the German government of unlawful meddling in home affairs of Venezuela. 聽Berlin recognizied Maduro鈥檚 rival Juan Guaid贸 as Venezuela鈥檚 legitimate leader last month.

AMENDED:

The EU says it hopes Venezuela will reconsider its expulsion of the German ambassador.

AMENDED: EU is committed to maintaining contacts with “Mister Maduro” government, the European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson said.

Russia presumes US intervention in Venezuela

Moscow presumes Washington is preparing a military intervention in Venezuela, Nikolai Patrushev聽(pictured) the secretary of Russia鈥檚 Security Council聽said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

Russia had agreed to a proposal from Washington to hold consultations on Venezuela crisis, but the United States had repeatedly postponed them on “invented pretexts”. The聽United States show 鈥sarcasm and arrogance towards the Venezuelan people鈥 while it imposes humanitarian aid that will be rejected. Patrushev stressed that the United States, deploying military forces to聽Puerto Rico and Colombia聽are聽preparing an invasion to聽Venezuela to overthrow legally elected incumbent President Maduro.

Maduro expels Colombia diplomats

Venezuela has severed relations with Colombia and has expelled all diplomats from its Embassy, President Nicolas Maduro has announced, during a rally in Caracas.

Maduro had earlier closed the border with Colombia聽as a response to attempts by the opposition to deliver trucks of 鈥榟umanitarian aid鈥 from Colombia, in defiance of Caracas. A part of the border where a forced crossing might take place has been the scene of a tense confrontation between opposition activists and security forces all day.

Addressing a crowd of thousands of supporters, Maduro condemned his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque for meddling in Venezuela鈥檚 internal affairs.

鈥淧atience is exhausted, I can’t bear it anymore, we can’t keep putting up with Colombian territory being used for attacks against Venezuela. For that reason, I have decided to break all political and diplomatic relations with Colombia‘s fascist government, Maduro said, adding that the staff at the Colombian embassy has 24 hours to leave his country.

Venezuela contact group stays EU diplomatic tool

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini聽confirmed the determination of the Foreign ministers to continue efforts for Venezuela crisis resolution through the international contact group. Apparently, the denial of entry to four Members of the European Parliament (MEP) will not deviate from the endorsed policy vis-脿-vis Caracas.

Four Members of the European parliament (MEPs) from European People’s Party (EPP) 聽were denied entry to Venezuela under 鈥渃onspiratorial motives.鈥 The calls of the leader of the EPP group Manfred Weber to “immediately” recognise聽Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela,聽did not receive any response from the EU foreign ministers.

Esteban Gonsalez-Pons (Spain), Jos茅 Ignacio聽Salafranca聽S谩nchez-Neyra (Spain),聽聽Gabriel Mato (Spain), and Esther de Lange (NL) travelled to Caracas聽upon their own initiative in their individual capacity as MEPs.

 

The MEPs attempted to enter Caracas to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaid贸, after the European Parliament last month recognized him as聽“interim head of state”.

Last month given the urgency of the situation in Venezuela聽the EU ministers decided to聽establish an international contact group on Venezuela (26.01.2019)聽that was agreed among EU Member States and with some Latin American countries.

AMENDED:

The Foreign Minister of Spain聽Josep Borrell聽confirmed the intention to step up effort to resolve Venezuela crisis via contact group, as the EU major diplomatic tool. He also underlined that Juan Guaido聽is recognised an ‘interim President’ of the country.

 

Guaido doesn’t exclude foreign intervention

The self-proclaimed US-backed ‘president’ of Venezuela Juan Guaido has claimed he would not rule out the possibility of 鈥authorizing鈥 a foreign military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Juan Guaido told AFP he would do 鈥everything that is necessary鈥 in order to 鈥save human lives鈥 鈥 not ruling out the admittedly 鈥渃ontroversial subject鈥 of calling on foreign powers, and the United States in particular, to intervene militarily in Venezuela to remove Nicolas Maduro from power.

Venezuela military intervention as “option”

President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was 鈥an option鈥 as Western nations increase pressure on Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while Russia in its capacity of the UN Security Council permanent member warned against 鈥destructive meddling.鈥

The level of technical equipment and training of the Venezuelan army is very high today. The 30 Russian Su-30 fighters currently in service with the country’s air force are a serious factor, so if the US decides to go on any adventure against Caracas, then they will have to prepare for a serious combat”,聽said Russian military expert Dr.Konstantin Sivkov.

The United States, Canada, the UK,聽several Latin Americanand聽European聽countries have recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country鈥檚 rightful leader after the disputed elections.

The EU countries supporting the candidacy of Juan Guaido in his claim of presidency have formed a contact group, which will meet in Montevideo (Uruguay) on February 7.聽The Contact Group will bring together the EU and eight聽of its Member States (France, Germany, Italy,聽the Netherlands,聽Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom)聽and countries from Latin America (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador聽and Uruguay).聽

However in an interview the incumbent President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro regarded international support of a self-proclaimed elections winner as a circus, and Juan Guaido as a “clown“.

Maduro also blamed the West the return to the “era of empires“.

Russian State Dumaassessed the support of the self-proclaimed President of Venezuela Guaido as “absolutely incorrect and unacceptable under international law”.

Dr.Sivkov added that a major factor that could contain the potential aggression of neighboring countries is a powerful Venezuelan air defense system, which includes, in particular, S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, according to聽Novosti agency.
In 2009, Venezuela purchased a large party of weapons, including the Pechora-2M, S-300, Buk-M2EK anti-aircraft missiles, Igla-S, armored personnel carriers BTR-80A, using a $ 2.2 billion Russian loan, T-72B1V tanks, Smerch and Grad multiple rocket launchers.

EU sets contact group for Venezuela

“On Venezuela: First of all, I have seen a very united position among Member States on a position we have already聽expressed several times, but it was reiterated strongly today – that is that the Presidential elections that were held in last May in Venezuela were lacking democratic legitimacy”, said EU top diplomat聽Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the first day of informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Bucharest.

“This is why the European Union and its Member States decided not to attend the inauguration of Maduro on 10 January and this is why we underline strongly and all united today our full support to the National Assembly as the democratic, legitimate body of Venezuela and the strongest possible support to its President in its institutional role.

“We have decided the establishment of聽an international contact group聽that has been agreed among our Member States and with some Latin American countries that will participate in it. I believe the聽terms of reference聽of this international contact group can be made public, as an act of transparency.聽

“The objective of this international contact group that will be coordinated by the European Union will be, first of all, to have a limited time framework 鈥 90 days 鈥 to promote a common understanding and a concerted approach among key international actors on the situation in Venezuela, aiming at a peaceful and democratic outcome for the crisis. The group will help to build trust and create the conditions that are necessary for a credible process to emerge in line with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Venezuela, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future through the holding of new elections, with all guarantees for a free and fair electoral process that can be supervised by international, independent observers.聽

“The objective 鈥 and I want to underline it very clearly 鈥 is not to open a formal mediation process and not to open a formal dialogue, but to support a political dynamic that the group can then further accompany and consolidate.

The group has a clear mandate with different phases and a clear time framework, because the work and the results possibly achieved by the contact group will be reviewed after 90 days of its creation, and it will be terminated in the absence of sufficient progress.

The first meeting of the group shall take place at ministerial level in Latin America 鈥 hopefully we will be able to convene it already next week. We will have meetings both at ministerial and at technical level and, as I said, it will have a permanent secretariat for these initial 90 days in the EU. Part of the group will be on the European Union side – obviously, the European Union, but also some of our Member States: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK 鈥 and on the Latin American side we already have confirmation from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Bolivia. And we are waiting for confirmation from another few countries of which I would not mention the name today. But hopefully in the coming one or two days I will be able communicate them to you.”

“As you see, it is countries that have different positions and that will help the contact group to have contacts to accompany the process, in particular of new presidential elections”聽Mogherini concluded.

However not everyone believes the American narrative about Maduro being a tyrant, there are more free voices on social media, accusing Trump administration in seeking control over the largest in the world oil resources.

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