The United States and Russia have found a new geopolitical ‘battlefield’ in Venezuela. The dire economic situation of the South-American country has led to major protests, putting the country on the brink of collapse.
The food crisis in Venezuela is being exploited by the country’s opposition, which aims to destabilize the political situation in the country with the open, decisive and shameless support of the US, Venezuelan Minister for External Commerce and International Trade Jesus Faria told Sputnik on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which wrapped up on Saturday.
However Russia, the Minister said, won’t allow the food blackmail of Venezuela by large imperialist states.
Deliveries of Russian wheat are playing a decisive role in tackling the food crisis, Jesus Faria said.
The two countries have been working on the development of the program to deliver Russian wheat to Venezuela. Wheat remains the key component of everyday food rations for Venezuelans, the Minister noted.
Jesus Faria has thanked Russia for the aid it provides to his home country in various spheres.
“It is very important aid and a very decent and constructive position of the Russian government to stimulate dialogue, peaceful coexistence and the respect of democracy in our country,” he said.
Russian aid, he said, is a very important contribution as it allows for the creation of certain conditions, background and climate for a constructive dialogue. The Venezuelan government highly appreciates all the projects which Russia is taking part in.
Among these projects, he said, there are very important energy and military ventures.
“There are very serious investments of certain Russian companies in our country, connected with the energy and military spheres; arms supplies for the defense of our sovereignty,” he said.
Jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging supporters to keep demonstrating as an anti-government protest movement that has claimed more than 60 lives enters its third month.
A young man who was set ablaze during a May protest in a wealthy part of Caracas succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
Protesters took to Caracas’ streets again Monday, shutting down main roads to demand new presidential elections after the release of a video in which Lopez expressed support for the movement. The video was recorded at the military prison where Lopez has been held since leading a wave of street protests in 2014.
Former Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez visited Lopez at the prison on Sunday. The politicians did not say what they discussed.