“We cannot allow the forces of socialism consolidate, the future of this hemisphere will not be described by dictators. Venezuela and Cuba will finally know what freedom is,” said Donald Trump in a meeting with representatives of Juan Guaidó and presidents of America Latina, such as Lenín Moreno from Ecuador, Iván Duque from Colombia, Jimmy Morales from Guatemala, Sebastián Piñera from Chile, among others that self-styled Lima Group.
Then, US president applauded Julio Borges, Guaidó “commissioner for foreign relations” , when he said: “There are people who are shocked when we say that no option can be ruled out. They say it`s dangerous. But the really dangerous thing`s Latin America continue with that open wound that the Maduro regime means. ”
During the meeting, President Iván Duque called for strengthening the “diplomatic blockade” against Venezuela in Trump’s line of “isolating Maduro.”
As it was public and notorious, in his eagerness to be an obedient student, the Duque himself committed the outburst of showing photos of ELN camps in Venezuela at the UN, trying to cover up that they had been taken in Colombia.
One of the arguments used to justify the aggressions against Venezuela is the supposed “link” of Venezuelan Government with the ELN guerrillas and FARC split that returned to arms. At the UN, Duque dismissed this pre-fabricated file, with which he planned to make his presentation to world diplomacy, after having served as an excuse in the Organization of American States to invoke the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR).
In this context, Trump’s meeting with the representatives of Guaidó and presidents of the Lima Group served as a step prior to launch new round of sanctions against Bolivarian Republic and allied countries such as Cuba.
Peticiones al presidente @realdonaldtrump y a los líderes latinoamericanos:
1. Sanciones contra Cuba
2. Presión sobre testaferros y familiares
3. Apoyo para el presidente @jguaido y la AN
4. Sumar a Europa a la agenda de presión para que adopte más sanciones contra la dictadura. pic.twitter.com/jH644rL6Tu
— Julio Borges (@JulioBorges) September 26, 2019
More money and sanctions
Carlos Vecchio, representative of Guaidó in United States, and Julio Borges, fake chancellor of Voluntad Popular party participated in the meeting as those who present a balance of the year and then ask for more money.
As usual, antichavism uses these spaces to collect funds that will then serve each of its members to position themselves in the opposition space.
The two representatives of Guaidó, precisely, were those who accompanied Mark Green, acting director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), when he announced the shipment of 52 million dollars. “This money is to help Venezuelans work to recover their democracy, and ensure health supplies for their population,” said Green, obviating that more than five billion dollars for food and medicine in the country are being held. in international banks for sanctions.
In this context, Trump signed a proclamation restricting the entry into the United States of senior officials of Venezuela (from vice ministers up), senior military, members of the Constituent and foreign citizens who “support the regime.” The measure also reaches the relatives of the aforementioned people.
Also, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned four shipping companies related to Venezuela.
According to OFAC, the measure was taken because they transported Venezuelan oil to Cuba. However, attacks of this kind haven`t been able to stop oil shipments to Cuba, according to Reuters. The truth is that sanctions on shipping companies complicate the hiring of companies willing to transport Venezuelan oil for fear of reprisals from Washington.
The three measures combined with Trump’s belligerent speech imply one more step in the total criminalization of the country in an arbitrary manner and in violation of international law. This means that the United States points to a consolidation of its policy of projecting the Venezuelan State as a “outlaw” for its security apparatus. The most practical example is the prohibition of entry into the country of senior officials, military and foreigners linked to the Venezuelan State.
The new round of sanctions on shipping companies, on the other hand, go in the same direction of financial blockade: the quest to completely cut off Venezuelan state from its main source of income, the sale of oil. That is the most demonstrative reflection of what Trump means to isolate Venezuela, a country that has historically depended on all the shipping and financial flows that the United States tries to completely disrupt.
The complication facing the United States to transfer this prison logic to the international sphere is that it precisely lacks the legal basis to do so. The impossibility of moving the Venezuelan file in the UN Security Council is what explains that, illegally, instrumentalize the TIAR to sanction the country.