Russia Puts Up Strong Support for Venezuela

Source:  Prensa latina

May 6 2019

Lavrov y Arreaza.jpgRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Venezuelan peer Jorge Arreaza,
Russia has made clear it supports the legitimate and constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro after the failed US-backed coup attempt of April 30.
After meeting on Sunday in Moscow with his Venezuelan peer, Jorge Arreaza, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underscored Moscow’s support for Maduro administration ‘principled, consistent and firm’.‘We now see an unprecedented campaign, led by the United States, to overthrow the legitimate authorities of Venezuela. We condemn this campaign for violating the principles of international law,’ Lavrov stressed.

Lavrov further said Russia never meddles in the domestic affairs of other states, ‘and we urge all others to act precisely like this’, he added.

Attempts at a forced change of power in Venezuela undermine the crisis settlement process and carry a risk of catastrophe, the Russian minister warned.

Attempts to forcibly change the government in Caracas, of course, have nothing to do with the democratic process, but only hamper the prospects for a political settlement of the crisis, and the continuation of this line is fraught with the most serious consequences’, Lavrov added.

He stressed that Moscow condemns the unprecedented US campaign aimed at overthrowing the legitimate Venezuelan government.

The minister went on to say that Moscow and Caracas are set to strengthen their strategic cooperation.

Venezuela has been trapped in a political crisis since January, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, challenging the outcome of the country’s last presidential election.

The move was promptly backed by the United States, which vowed to support Guaido and imposed a row of sanctions against the Latin American country, seizing billions of dollars’ worth of the country’s oil assets, Sputnik News recalled.

Moreover, a number of senior US officials, including President Donald Trump, have repeatedly stated that all options remain on the table with regard to the Venezuelan crisis, including military action.

Maduro: Loyal Military Defeated the Coup Attempt

Dear military comrades of the General Staff, I would like to congratulate you for the courageous loyal and enormously wise attitude with which you have led the resolution and the defeat of the small group that tried to fill with violence in the coup plot and I ask the people of Venezuela to give a round of  applause to the national Bolivarian armed forces, who are loyal, firm, obedient disciplined and who serve the constitution and the commander in chief. [Applause]  (Google translation)

Maradona Dedicates Soccer Win to Venezuelan President Maduro

Source:  TeleSUR
April 1 2019

  • Diego Maradona, technical director of the Sinaloa Dorado soccer team in Mexico defends President Nicolas Maduro during press conference Sunday night. Nov. 2018

    Diego Maradona, technical director of the Sinaloa Dorado soccer team in Mexico defends President Nicolas Maduro during press conference Sunday night. Nov. 2018 | Photo: Reuters

As technical director of the Sinaloa Dorados soccer team in Mexico, famed former player Diego Maradona dedicates Dorado victory to Maduro, jabs at Trump.

World renowned former Argentine soccer play who brought his team to victory at the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona took a jab at ‘Yankee’ interventionism in Latin America and dedicated the win of his Mexican team to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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“I want to dedicate this triumph to Nicolas Maduro and to all Venezuelans who are suffering. The sheriffs of the world—who are these Yankees?” asked the FIFA Player of the 20th Century Sunday night to the press.

“Just because they have the biggest bombs in the world they think are so much more advanced than us. No, they are not” Maradona declared at a press conference after a soccer match in Mexico that the Dorados de Sinaloa, the team Maradona is the technical director of since September 2018, won 3-2 over the Tampico Madero Sunday night.

“We don’t buy that ‘chirolita’ they have as president,” added Maradona referring to an Argentine vantriloquist puppet famous in the 1970s that resembles United States President Donald Trump and was famous for its rogue, childish personality.

Since January the U.S. and its allies have tried unsuccessfully to replace Presidennt Maduro with the so-called ‘interim president’ Juan Guiado.

President Donald Trump began his soft coup attempt against President Nicolas Maduro after taking office in 2017, implementing a growing list of economic sanctions on Venezuela and its people that have cost the government billions.

Named the best player in the history of the World Cups, Maradona called Maduro a “dear friend” and came out in defense of Maduro when the Venezuelan president faced an assassination attempt last August.

The Argentine denounced the attack on Maduro over social media and that Venezuela “does not surrender.” Maradona was a close friend of the deceased leftist presidents Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

When Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was declared victor of last July’s Mexican presidential elections, Marado said: “He finally won the elections in Mexico and the truth is he made us all very happy.”

Venezuela Deploys Advanced S-300VM Missile Systems to Protect Capital Amid Growing US Threats

Source:  Popular Resistnce


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Photo: Venezuelan S-300VM Surface to Air Missile Battery

Venezuela’s armed forces have reportedly redeployed additional S-300 missile batteries to military facilities near the capital Caracas to provide full coverage against potential air strikes, in response to a perceived threat of attack from the United States. The air defence missile batteries, command centres and radars were deployed to the Captain Manuel Rios Airbase. Venezuela currently operates several units of the S-300VM surface to air missile system, the second most advanced S-300 variant after the S-300V4, which is particularly specialised in intercepting ballistic and cruise missile attacks. The platform is designed to prioritise high mobility, and makes use of tracked MT-T launch vehicles allowing it to operate off road – providing superior survivability to variants from the S-300P family such as the S-300PMU-2 recently sold to Syria. Mobile transporter erector radars are also used to maximise mobility, and the system’s passively scanned array radar systems used for target acquisition make use of autonomous search capabilities.

The S-300VM’s electronic warfare countermeasures are comparable in their sophistication to those of the S-400, and missiles retain an engagement range of 250km. The platform is capable of engaging up to 24 targets simultaneously, and can engage low observable or stealth targets at intermediate ranges. The S-300VM is arguably the Venezuelan military’s most powerful deterrent against a potential U.S. attack, and represents a capability several generations ahead of anything a Western military has ever had to engage in the field. Unlike Syria, which from late 2018 deployed the less sophisticated S-300PMU-2, Venezuela’s more advanced air defence system is also supported by high end air to air capabilities – namely the Su-30MK2 air superiority fighters which are among the most capable of their kind in the world. The fighters allow the Venezuelan military to pursue enemy targets beyond the range of its air defences, thus providing the ability to engage U.S. bombers and strike fighters deploying standoff munitions from beyond the range of the S-300VM. The air to air engagement range of these fighters, which have been equipped with R-27ER and R-27ET missiles, is 130km.

Venezuela’s multi layered air defence network, which also includes complementary shorter ranged surface to air missile systems such as the BuK-M2 and S-125, presents a credible challenge to the U.S. Military which is set to factor considerably into Washington’s decision making regarding potential military action. The presence of Russian military personnel on the ground, who have reportedly trained Su-30 pilots and air defence crews to a high standard and may well be operating some of their equipment alongside them, further increases the risks for the United States should it attempt an attack.

Sniper Rifle Took Out Venezuela’s Hydroelectric Plant: Maduro

Source:  TeleSUR
March 27 2019

electric war 2The president said that a shot sparked a fire which burned down a section of
the electric system. | Photo: Twitter: @PresidencialVen

“We’ve never seen a terrorist attack like this,” the President said during a televised address.

The recent attack on Venezuela’s Simon BolIvar Hydroelectric Plant was likely triggered by a sniper rifle, said Bolivarian President Nicolas Maduro during a televised notice on Wednesday.

RELATED:  Recovery of Venezuelan Electric Service Underway

“We’ve never seen a terrorist attack like this, it was carried out with arms, in a vital area for the transmission of electricity,” the president said.

“They shot [at the electrical system] with a long distance rifle, whoever ordered the attack knew what they were doing. This is a total war,” he said, noting that shot sparked a fire which burned down a section of the electric system.

A quick recovery wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of Corpoelec, the Venezuelan state energy company, and from the security forces reconstructing the smoldering remnants of the attack, Maduro said.

This new aggression happens almost 20 days after a major cyberattack to the country’s electrical system resulted in a six-day nation-wide blackout, which according to the national government was executed by the United States.

“Donald Trump is obsessed with Venezuela, for our riches. He’s found internal allies who are so diabolic that they can do so much damage to our country,” the Bolivarian President said.

President @NicolasMaduro on the perpetrators of the attack on the electrical system: “These people are bandits, there are no other words.”

The attack on Venezuela’s National Electric System, which left many sectors of the country without service, was denounced Monday by Vice President of Communication, Tourism and Culture Jorge Rodriguez. A third blackout occurred early Wednesday as a result of the system operational instability, damage which was initially prompted by the attack to the Guri transformers.

However, this time, as Venezuela’s officials stated, all the countermeasure mechanisms implemented by President Nicolas Maduro performed flawlessly. These worked for the insurance, maintenance, and communication between the different stations, which allowed that in record time almost all the service throughout the country to be restored.

Venezuela Suspends Work, Schools Amid New Blackout

Source:  TeleSUR
March 26 2019

jorge rodriguezCommunications and Information Vice President Jorge Rodriguez at the
Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, March 25, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Venezuelan Minister of Communication Jorge Rodríguez Jorge Rodriguez said “all operations conducive to the maintenance of public safety and public tranquility” were ordered.

Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Culture Jorge Rodriguezannounced Tuesday that work and educational activities are suspended for 24 hours, in order to facilitate the rehabilitation works of the national electricity service, which suffered two new attacks on Monday.

RELATED: Venezuela Denounces New Attack On Its National Electric System

“The Bolivarian government has deployed, from the begining of the attacks, all its efforts to restore, as soon as possible, the electric service across the national territory,” he said in a Twitter message.

As of Tuesday morning electricity services began to be restored in Caracas, in areas such as Jardines del Valle, El Valle and La California Norte.

Vice President Rodriguez also explained that the national electric system “suffered [on Monday] two terrorist attacks carried out by violent people who sow anxiety in the population as a way of achieving their destabilizing ends.”

The first blackout, which had similar characteristics to the one perpetrated on March 7, happened at 1:29 pm local time and was quickly overcome.

“We reached, as of 7:00 pm, the highest electricity generation levels at the national electric system since the terrorist attack of March 7. The electricity distribution was behaving in a robust and harmonious manner until 9:47 p.m., when criminal hands provoked a big fire in the Guri transmission facility”, Rodriguez said and explained that such act affected both three electrical transformers and all the essential transmission wiring.

In all the history of the Venezuelan electric system, Rodriguez commented, “there has not been such a big attack,” which demonstrates that “these terrorists, whose actions have no limits, are protected by warmongers that make up the military, financial and media framework of those supremacists who are currently ruling the U.S. and seeking the hegemonic control of the global geopolitical realm.”

The Vice President, nevertheless, was certain that “we will defeat this electricity war with the immense force that we, as a people, have accumulated in our fight against rude empires and their local lackeys.”

Venezuelan government denounces forced occupation of its diplomatic headquarters in the US

Source:  RadioCubitas, Cubadebate
March 20 2019

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The Government of Venezuela has denounced the forced and illegal occupation of its diplomatic offices located in the United States, in clear violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
In a statement published in the Twitter account of Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, it is claimed that this action has the backing of US authorities and has political interests.

“To tolerate or promote any threat or intimidation against Venezuelan diplomatic agents by citizens residing in the United States constitutes a very serious violation of the international obligations of the US Government,” he says.

They also reiterated that the diplomatic headquarters should only be used by official diplomatic agents who have been appointed and represent the democratic government of President Nicolás Maduro.

In this regard, they demand the US authorities. “That they comply with their legal obligations and take the necessary measures to immediately reverse such de facto forced occupation”.

In case the US Government continue with the breach of its international obligations, warned that Venezuela “reserves the corresponding legal and reciprocal decisions and actions” in its territory.

For his part, the official designated for the USA. by the self-proclaimed opposition deputy Juan Guaidó, Carlos Vecchio, reported that there were three occupied diplomatic headquarters, two in Washington (capital) and a consulate in New York. (Cubadebate)