Axar.az
UP
22 October 2017


Vladimir Padrino calls Trump intervention threat 'crazy'

Home page World
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

U.S. President Donald Trump's threat of military intervention in Venezuela was "an act of craziness," the South American country's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Friday.

Axar.az reports citing to Reuters, Venezuela's foreign ministry was expected to issue a statement on Saturday responding to Trump's comment that "a possible military option" was under consideration for the crisis-racked nation.

The country is deep in a recession compounded by shortages of food and medicine, while anti-government protests have killed more than 120 people since April.

Responding to Trump, Padrino told state television, "It is an act of craziness. It is an act of supreme extremism. There is an extremist elite that rules the United States."

"As a soldier, I stand with the Venezuelan armed forces, and with the people. I am sure that we will all be on the front lines of defending the interests and sovereignty of this beloved Venezuela," he added.

Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas called Trump's remark "an unprecedented threat to national sovereignty."

In a Friday night message on social network Twitter, he said, "The diplomatic corps is summoned to the foreign ministry for tomorrow, when it will release a communiqué addressing the imperial threat to Venezuela."

Last month's election of a legislative superbody packed with allies of unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro drew international condemnation for usurping the authority of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress.

Maduro says the assembly, which has the power to re-write Venezuela's constitution, is needed to bring peace and prosperity to the oil-rich but economically ailing country. Critics say the assembly casts aside any remaining checks on Maduro's power.

The opposition boycotted the vote for the assembly, which assured that it would be stacked with Maduro allies.

The White House said Maduro requested a phone call with Trump on Friday, which the administration appeared to spurn, saying in a statement that Trump would gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela once democracy was restored.

Date
2017.08.12 / 15:39
Author
Axar.az
Comments
loading...
See also

Turkish premier slams Danish PM over remarks on Erdogan

Putin: Technology will be 'more terrible than a nuclear'

Spanish gov't wants elections to take place in Catalonia

Voting in elections in Georgia is over

Syrian army kicks out ISIS from Qaryatayn Town

Helicopter plunges into lake after hotel takeoff

Erdogan blasts US arrest warrants for bodyguards

Israel strikes Assad regime artillery near Golan Heights

Czech voters to hand power to billionaire businessman

ISIS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack

Latest
 
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla