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Vice Minister Carlos Ron: ‘If Trump were willing to help, he would offer a humanitarian license’

On Friday, April 3, Venezuelan Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for North America Carlos Ron stressed that if the Trump’s government had the will to help Venezuelans, they would offer a temporary humanitarian license to bring back more than 800 Venezuelans who are stranded in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 contingency measures.

Russia rejects U.S. maneuvers against Venezuela

The U.S. government is trying to take advantage of the epidemiological situation in Venezuela to stage a coup d’etat, said Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday according to the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN).

With these statements, Vladimir Putin’s government rejects the U.S. political maneuvers against Venezuela amid the South American country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, described U.S. claims to launch the biggest anti-drug operation in the last 30 years and allegedly punish drug traffickers, among which the U.S. includes high-ranking Venezuelan leaders, as totally illogical, as its close ally, Colombia, is the top drug producing country of the world.

“It seems that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has no better thing to devote its time to,” said Zakharova, in clear reference to the catastrophic epidemiological situation in the U.S., where only yesterday, more than 1,000 people died.

“The idea of a coup still remains in the minds of some politicians in the United States,” said Zakharova, who also objected to the blocking of assistance to Venezuela through the IMF and the harassment against Venezuelan high-ranking officials, including the head of state.

Russia joins the UN’s, the OHCHR’s, and other countries’ calls for putting an end to political prejudices and promoting cooperation among nations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakharova stressed that even in Venezuela, opposition sectors are making proposals to join efforts to fight coronavirus and its effects.

Venezuela denounces Ivan Duque’s xenophobic stance amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Colombian government’s refusal to receive in donation COVID-19 testing machines “proves Ivan Duque’s scorn and little regard for the Colombian people and their right to health and life,” denounced Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodríguez.

As she offered an overview on the measures implemented by the Venezuelan government, Rodríguez stressed that Ivan Duque’s stance towards the COVID-19 pandemic is framed within “the supremacism of the U.S. government and its satellite countries.”

The Venezuelan vice president denounced that when the Colombian president refused to receive the COVID-19 testing machines, “he is revealing his policies of xenophobia and rejection against Venezuelan migrants in Colombia.”

Due to the 2,219 km (1,378 mi) long border shared by Venezuela and Colombia, President Nicolás Maduro offered in donation this equipment to Colombia, a country that has reported an exponential growth in COVID-19 cases.

So far, the Republic of Colombia has recorded 1,485 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths as the result of the erratic sanitary policies adopted by Duque amid this pandemic.

Presidential Press Office

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