US wag­ing an oil war against Venezuela, says its Am­bas­sador to In­dia

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“We have the right to de­fend our­selves and our Con­sti­tu­tion and save mil­lions of people from the daily mis­ery the US is sub­ject­ing them to.”

Venezue­lan Am­bas­sador to In­dia, Mr Au­gusto Mon­tiel has at­tacked the United States for wag­ing an oil war against Venezuela aimed at crum­bling and crip­pling the oil de­pen­dent Venezue­lan econ­omy. The en­voy said that the U.S im­posed sanc­tions have af­fected Venezue­lan oil pro­duc­tion dra­mat­i­cally also af­fect­ing oil sup­ply to In­dia.

“A good num­ber of these sanc­tions are aimed at hurt­ing the Venezue­lan oil in­dus­try. Oil pro­duc­tion in Venezuela has been nat­u­rally af­fected by the sanc­tions and sab­o­tage and In­dia has also been at the re­ceiv­ing end due to de­crease in ca­pac­ity of oil pro­duc­tion. From 500,000 bar­rels of oil a day that In­dia im­ported pre sanc­tions, the Venezue­lan sup­ply has been re­duced to around 400,000 bar­rels a day. Even in this time, In­dia’s en­ergy se­cu­rity is be­ing pro­tected and Venezuela is mak­ing all ef­forts to keep up with the pro­duc­tion of oil. These sanc­tions have been sur­gi­cally de­signed to af­fect our econ­omy,” said Am­bas­sador Mon­tiel who has been in In­dia for three and a half years.

With­out minc­ing any words, Am­bas­sador Mon­tiel said, “This is an oil war just as there was in Iraq and Libya. They want con­trol of oil as Venezuela has the largest re­serves of oil in the world. The US re­serves will only last five years. The point of the cri­sis in Venezuela is oil, gold and the Geo strate­gic re­gion of Latin Amer­ica. The US is pay­ing gang­sters to dis­rupt our econ­omy and now they are try­ing to steal Venezue­lan com­pany CITGO which owns re­finer­ies and 6000 petrol sta­tions in U.S worth 20,000 mil­lion USD. They have de­scribed it as seiz­ing the as­sets, also un­der­val­ued the as­sets but they have no au­thor­ity to take it from Venezuela. Their real mo­tive is to gift all our as­sets to north Amer­i­can com­pa­nies.”

Ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons at the Press Club of In­dia here, the en­voy said that a vi­o­lent coup d’etat has been de­feated. “Ob­vi­ously, a coup right now is in progress. More than 10 mil­lion people marched on the streets to ex­press their sup­port for Pres­i­dent Maduro and to show that they re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion. That’s what stopped the coup d’etat that they were plan­ning for the week­end to bring down an elected govern­ment in Venezuela and bring in a pup­pet of the U.S. govern­ment. We are try­ing to fol­low Pres­i­dent Maduro’s line of peace. Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey, 89 per cent of people do not want vi­o­lence. In Venezuela, we be­lieve in the diplo­macy of peace, in com­mon sense and in the civilised na­ture of our Con­sti­tu­tion. We have 100 per cent lit­er­acy in Venezuela and have free­dom of ex­pres­sion and free­dom of the Press.”

Asked about the eco­nomic re­cov­ery, growth and pros­per­ity pro­gramme launched by Pres­i­dent Maduro in Oc­to­ber 2018, Am­bas­sador Mon­tiel said that a ma­jor di­men­sion of it was Petro crypto cur­rency to by­pass the north Amer­i­can sanc­tions against Venezuela. “The US cre­ated more sanc­tions so that people in­ter­na­tion­ally could not use the Petro crypto cur­rency for trade. The US with the sanc­tions crip­pled that pos­si­bil­ity.”

The Am­bas­sodor de­fended the le­git­i­macy of Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro who is be­ing chal­lenged by Op­po­si­tion law­maker,Juan Guidao. Call­ing Guidao who de­clared him­self as in­terim Pres­i­dent on Jan­uary 23, as “a pup­pet of US, Am­bas­sador Mon­tiel said that nine and a half mil­lion people went out and voted for Pres­i­dent Maduro and five other Op­po­si­tion can­di­dates in the 2018 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. “Pres­i­dent Maduro got 67 per cent votes. Who are they (US) to say who is the Pres­i­dent of Venezuela? Venezuela has no dic­ta­tor. The dic­ta­tor is in Washington.”

He said that the United States is try­ing to do to Venezuela what it did to Libya and Iraq with a mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion on “ar­ti­fi­cial” grounds. “The US has never ac­cepted elec­tion re­sults in Venezuela ex­cept when the win­ning can­di­date has been backed by it. It at­tempted a coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002 but failed. Same story is be­ing re­peated again. This is un­ac­cept­able to us. The fact is that the Venezue­lan people are de­fend­ing them­selves against the eco­nomic, mil­i­tary, po­lit­i­cal and crim­i­nal ac­tions in­sti­gated by the US govern­ment as this amounts to di­rect in­ter­ven­tion in our in­ter­nal af­fairs of our coun­try. The Vice Pres­i­dent of the US, Mike Pence, the US Sec­re­tary of State, Mike Pom­peo and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor, John Bolton have vis­ited latin Amer­ica six times in re­cent months and used these vis­its to arm twist coun­tries of latin Amer­ica. We have the right to de­fend our­selves and our Con­sti­tu­tion and save mil­lions of people from the daily mis­ery the US is sub­ject­ing them to.”

He re­peat­edly blamed West­ern in­ter­na­tional news agen­cies for not dis­charg­ing their du­ties prop­erly and act­ing as news ma­nip­u­la­tors in­stead of news dis­trib­u­tors in re­port­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela and hid­ing the real facts from the world. “Ac­tu­ally, they are serv­ing the in­ter­ests of the US.’’

The en­voy said that the Fe­bru­ary 7 con­fer­ence in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on the sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela called by the govern­ment of Mex­ico, Uruguay and the Pope will hope­fully help the world see a rea­son to pre­vent war mon­ger­ing by US and for­eign in­ter­ven­tion in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of Venezuela.

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