Thursday, January 27

The head of the Chavista Army blesses the Russian presence in Venezuela


Caracas applauds the military deployment in Latin America in the midst of an escalation of tension between Russia and the US

Vladimir Padrino (right) with his hom
Vladimir Padrino (right) with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu.AP
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The prolongation of the global pulse between Russia and the US to Latin America has provoked chain reactions in Venezuela and Cuba. Among them, those carried out by the democratic opposition of the two Latin countries, as well as their activists and members of civil society, who have taken seriously the Russian threats to deploy troops on their soil.

Also in Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega has long “invited” the Russians to return to a territory where they were also present last century. Russia has not permanently stationed troops in Latin America, but has access to bases in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Another chapter of the “new cold war” in which the Chavista generalate has made its position clear. “It is not surprising to see the vile spokeswoman for the anti-homeland speak of national sovereignty after begging for military intervention and sanctions against Venezuela, when Russia looms the possibility of deepening the military cooperation relations of our nations, which already exist,” revealed the official. General Vladimir Padrino López, Minister of Defense and strong man of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

The Bolivarian Constitution, drafted at the beginning of Hugo Chvez’s mandate, establishes that Venezuela is a territory of peace, in which foreign military bases or installations that have military purposes cannot be established. “Now, the foreign troops could be with permission from the National Assembly,” Roco San Miguel, president of Citizen Control for the National Armed Forces, told EL MUNDO. At this time, Venezuela has two “parliaments”: the democratic National Assembly elected in 2015, whose mandate has been extended in the face of the usurpation of Chavismo, and the revolutionary body that serves as a parallel parliament at the service of Nicolás Maduro, the product of elections fraudulent.

Padrino López’s angry reaction confirms the fears of Parliament and its interim president, Juan Guaid, who, after learning of the Russian threats, issued an alert to the world fearing “a potential Russian armed intervention in the country.” The Democrats’ call elicited an immediate response from Washington, which made it clear that respond “decisively” if Moscow deploys military infrastructure, although Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor, wanted to reduce the tension by defining what was said by the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs as a “bragging”.

In a day of incessant give and take, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, accused the two allies hours later: “The United States will be able to find enough money to solve its problems if it reduces the military presence in Europe or stops allocating thousands of millions of dollars to support impostors like Juan Guaid”.

A conventional “missile” that confirms Vladimir Putin’s intentions: to move his American pieces on the global board. “Russia develops hybrid wars in which psychological warfare and disinformation operations play a fundamental role. In general, when they carry out a coup they do not announce it, as in Syria or Crimea… With this announcement they intend to raise the stakes before the West and establish a red line and blackmail to negotiate. That does not mean that once it is said they cannot do it, “the historian Armando Chaguaceda, a specialist in revolutions, deepened for EL MUNDO.

The bitter memory of the Missile Crisis six decades ago turned among the Cuban rebels into, to say the least, uneasiness. “Like 60 years ago, the discourse of sovereignty is nothing more than the alibi for the double ambition of absolute power and of the world representation of anti-Americanism. It was what we were missing: once again the poker of our sovereignty as geopolitical blackmail from a disruptive and global actor. The Communist Party of Cuba is a national disgrace,” protested the Council for the Democratic Transition of Cuba.

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