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Maduro ends talks with opposition following imposition of new U.S. sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered his government’s representatives not to travel to Barbados for scheduled talks with the political opposition starting on Thursday, blaming new U.S. sanctions for the impasse.

Venezuela President Nicolas Madruo

Maduro “has decided to not send the Venezuelan delegation” for talks on Thursday and Friday with representatives of opposition leader Juan Guaido “due to the grave and brutal aggression” being “continuously … carried out by the Trump administration against Venezuela,” a government statement said late on Wednesday.

The two sides began meeting in Barbados in July to seek a resolution to the political stalemate in the country.

“Venezuelans have noted how the leader of the opposition delegation, Juan Guaido, has celebrated and promoted these actions that are harmful to national sovereignty,” the information ministry said in a statement.

“Venezuela is willing to review the mechanisms of this process such that its continuation is effective and in tune with the interests of the people.”

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Carlos Pina, a Venezuelan political analyst, said that Maduro’s reaction to the latest U.S. sanctions “was predictable”.

But the decison “does not imply that the government will leave the negotiating table permanently,” he said, adding that Caracas may be trying to buy time. 

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S. and barred transactions with its authorities.

The U.S. move, which follows repeated rounds of sanctions against Maduro, includes the authorization of penalties against “foreign persons” who provide support for his government, the U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton said on Tuesday.

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez had called the latest U.S. sanctions a “global threat” and an attack on private property.

“Every country that has investments in the U.S. should be very worried because this sets a dangerous precedent against private property,” she said.

Pina, the political analyst, however said that since Venezuela had already been hit with previous sanctions on its oil and financial sectors, the latest round of economic penalties “does not translate in a radical change”.

Venezuela has been mired in a political impasse since January when opposition leader Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, quickly receiving the support of more than 50 countries, including the U.S.

Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival interim presidency on the grounds that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was fraudulent.

He said on Wednesday that Maduro could help the country by abandoning the presidential palace, Miraflores, “that way the sanctions will be lifted tomorrow”.

Guaido said the sanctions are “penalties for those who steal and profit from misery”.

The oil-rich, cash-poor country has been in a deep recession for five years. Shortages of food and medicine are frequent, and public services are progressively failing.

About a quarter of Venezuela’s 30 million-strong population is in need of aid, according to the United Nations, while 3.3 million people have left the country since the start of 2016.
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Credit: Al Jazeera, www.aljazeera.com

20 thoughts on “Maduro ends talks with opposition following imposition of new U.S. sanctions

  1. I have been saying this over and over again “sanctions are penalties for those who steal and profit from misery” and to those leaders that perform crimes against humanity. There is no other method to stop their atrocious behavior

    1. Es, Sanctions will not hurt Maduro..or any other leader whose country they are levied against. However,

      1. They hurt the very people who are suffering the most…akin to treating a rotten tooth by cutting off the sufferer’s legs.

      2. They make a naive electorate at home believe that their government is doing something helpful.

      1. Oh yes Maduro and his cronies will be hurt by confiscation of U.S. investment or Maduro wouldn’t be complaining (more like whinning).. If Maduro is allowed to invest there he will just steal more money from the Venezuela and move it to the U.S. and use laundering to make it legitimate. That is why sanction are necessary. It needs to stop him from stealing more that he has already taken.

        The very people that are hurt will not see a better life just because Maduro has a million dollar condo on Park Avenue and it gets confiscated because of atrocities. It will not make a hoot of difference to the people in Venezuela that have no food, medicine.

        However, Maduro does use “sanctions” as an excuse for the Venezuela problems when most people (especially the 3 million that left) can see he is tricking people into believing ALL his problems are because of other countries when in fact the problems are Maduro’s policies, theft, and abuse.

  2. This is absolutely correct ““Every country (that steals and performs crimes against humanity) that has investments in the U.S. should be very worried because this sets a dangerous ( and necessary) precedent against private property,” Why do these bad leaders that hate the US feel they should invest in the US

    1. Es? That one is very easy to answer..but hard to find it in your sources.

      The USA gives billionaires the most power and license they can find anywhere on the planet. They and their actions are the safest there. They can buy personal protection from anything. You can even have scores of accusers there but sill avoid prosecution or conviction with a “good” lawyer or a “campaign contribution” It is very simple. In the USA, if you have money you win. In other countries, your life and property are at a far higher risk…especially from the whims of the local autocrat.

      As well, the USA caters to those seeking money pleasures better than any other country. It makes Monte Carlo, Munich, Macau and Amsterdam seem quaint.

      Lastly, after all the new laws and foreign bank prosecutions, the easiest place to open an illicit sheltered account, personal or corporate, is the USA…just as the USA has made it impossible for their own citizens to open such accounts in other countries! They even gave incredible amnesties and money-forgiveness to tax-dodger wiling to repatriate their tax-hidden bullion after their system lost the world so much in 2007/2008. It was the ON-SHORE banks that lost their clients’ money, not the OFF-SHORE banks. Governments relying on banking/stock trading campaign contributors were told to refill their latters’ coffers and were obliged, at the price to the ordinary taxpayers and respect for the rule of law.

      That is what the Russians wanted for the Trump campaign (the meeting at Trump Tower) the reversal of the Magnitsky Act.

      1. The Magnitsky Act bans the corrupt human rights offenders from entering the U.S. and prevents them from using the U.S. banking system. It allows freezing of assets and sanctions and punishment on those International criminals that are responsible for the death and destruction of innocent people.

          1. Biggest investors yes…. probably… they are the ones jacking up the Real Estate prices along with ones laundering funds.

            Like I said in an earlier post…there are sure a lot of people flocking to the U.S. ..the big bad U.S. Heck they need a wall to keep them out.

            Closest allies NOPE don’t agree with that statement.

            I am referring to the leaders of countries that have created crimes against humanity. We don’t see the U.S. allies like Britain, Australia, Canada, Europe, shooting and gassing protesters on the street,

            1. What about allies like Saudi Arabia? How about every dictatorship in Central and South America in the 20th century? The US was allied with Saddam Hussein while he was gassing his people with the very gas the US sold to him. The US is allied with Egypt who regularly disappears anyone who criticizes their dictatorship. After the 2010 coup in Honduras removed the democratically elected government and installed a dictatorship that went on a murder spree against critical journalists, the US was the only country in the Americas to recognize the government and even gave them “aid”. The US was allied with Musharaf and his dictatorship in Pakistan all the way until his ousting and continues its alliance with the current dictatorial regime. The US has been a stalwart ally of the dictatorships in Equatorial Guinea, the UAE, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan . . . heck, let me break it down for you:

              According to Freedom House, there are currently 49 regimes in the world that meet the criteria for dictatorship:

              Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Brunei, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

              According to the Defense Department’s annual report to Congress, 22 of those nations receive US-funded military or weapons training, military arms financing or authorized sales of military weapons from the United States. That’s just the ones that are reported. It doesn’t include clandestine support via the CIA.

              During the Cold War, the US overthrew more democracies and installed more dictatorships than any nation in history including the dreaded Soviet Union. The US currently suports more dictatorships than any other country on the planet, a fact that someone like you who invokes the word dictatorship in almost every conversation should be very much aware of.

              Everything that I posted here is verifiable truth. Since it flies in the face of your propaganda but you cannot dispute any of it, I predict you won’t reply.

              1. Well, we know for sure that U.S. is not giving military assistance to the dictators in Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea; to Assad in Syria, Did they help Rawanda people because the genocide the dictator performed in that country…YES likely. They did not help the dictator; they helped the people. That is a big difference

                Have they given aid to the people in some of these small countries to help them against dictators…possibly. The people that are being suppressed by dictators ask the U.S. and the democratic countries for help. And if they don’t go and help then they are the bad guys. The are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t

                1. You bothered to reply three times to this same post and in all three replies you completely ignored reality and made up lies to cover for a country arming and financing dictators. The US did not help the people in Rwanda against the dictatorship. They helped the dictatorship (and have done so for decades). The US didn’t give aid to those countries to help them against dictators. They gave aid to those dictators to help them against their people.

                  This is why your opinions are invalid. You base them on lies, in this case on lies you made up on the spot because you don’t have the integrity to admit when you’re wrong. Instead of countering facts with facts, you make up lies. You never read anywhere that the US helped the people in any of those countries against dictators. You just made that up because you can’t stand the fact that all your propaganda about the US is completely undermined by historic (and current) facts. There’s nothing sadder than watching someone who has been brainwashed try to defend the indefensible with lie after lie the way you do.

                  1. You are wrong about Rawanda. Friends of ours went there as missionaries and set up an orphanage there. The U.S. were helping the people NOT the dictator.

                    1. There you go again claiming that what somebody told you trumps volumes of documented history. Nobody is falling for that nonsense, Esmeralda. I don’t know what your religious fanatic friends were doing or who they were working with, but the historical record is there fore anyone to see. The US has supported various dictatorships in Rwanda since the 1950s.

                      Now maybe you’d like to comment on all the other dictatorships I mentioned. I think it’s safe to say that your statement that US allies don’t gas their people was patently false, even if you refuse to admit it.

              2. The U.S. installed dictatorship in Soviet Union is so far from the truth that it is laughable. It is the corniest and phoneist thing I have heard in a long long time

                1. I never said the US installed a dictatorship in the Soviet Union. Go back and read it again.

                  1. This is exactly what you said Jason Faulkner
                    “During the Cold War, the US overthrew more democracies and installed more dictatorships than any nation in history including the dreaded Soviet Union.”
                    and i responded by saying…..
                    “The U.S. installed dictatorship in Soviet Union is so far from the truth that it is laughable. It is the corniest and phoneist thing I have heard in a long long time”

                    1. I said “during the Cold War, the US overthrew more democracies and installed
                      more dictatorships than any nation in history including the dreaded Soviet Union.”

                      I didn’t say “during the Cold War, the US overthrew more democracies and installed more dictatorships than any nation in history, including IN the dreaded
                      Soviet Union.”

                      Notice the difference? The “including” refers to the “any nation in history” that immediately precedes it in the sentence. You know, like it’s supposed to.

                      I’ll restate it differently so that you can understand.

                      The US overthrew more democracies and installed, armed and financed more dictatorships than any country in history. That includes overthrowing more democracies and installing more dictatorships than even the Soviet Union.

                      And like I said, you should probably look up the definition of corny.

                      Now do you want to dispute that statement or are you going to try and change the subject again?

              3. I can see by your posts that you only look for dirt and anything negative about the U.S. and NEVER EVER EVER look for the positive and the good that democratic countries do for other countries.

                It is sad that the only thing you find positive on this earth and the only people that you stick up for are the dictators of the world and the leaders that perform atrocities and the leaders with crimes against humanity.

                1. You said we don’t see US allies gassing people in the street.

                  I pointed out that in fact we do and even named several.

                  You reply that I NEVER EVER EVER look for the positive.

                  You might as well just put your fingers in your ears and yell LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU because it would be just as valid a response. This is why nobody can take you seriously.

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