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Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


At a high-level meeting in Rome this week, it seems that Russia reiterated a grave warning to the US – Moscow will not tolerate American military intervention to topple the Venezuelan government with whom it is allied.

Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, President Donald Trump was again bragging that the military option was still on the table, in his press conference with Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. Trump is bluffing or not yet up to speed with being apprised of Russia’s red line.

The meeting in the Italian capital between US “special envoy” on Venezuelan affairs Elliot Abrams and Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov had an air of urgency in its arrangement. The US State Department announced the tête-à-tête only three days beforehand. The two officials also reportedly held their two-hour discussions in a Rome hotel, a venue indicating ad hoc arrangement.

Abrams is no ordinary diplomat. He is a regime-change specialist with a criminal record for sponsoring terrorist operations, specifically the infamous Iran-Contra affair to destabilize Nicaragua during the 1980s. His appointment by President Trump to the “Venezuela file” only underscores the serious intent in Washington for regime change in Caracas. Whether it gets away with that intent is another matter.

Moscow’s interlocutor, Sergei Ryabkov, is known to not mince his words, having earlier castigated Washington for seeking global military domination. He calls a spade a spade, and presumably a criminal a criminal.

The encounter in Rome this week was described as “frank” and “serious” – which is diplomatic code for a blazing exchange. The timing comes at a high-stakes moment, after Venezuela having been thrown into chaos last week from civilian power blackouts that many observers, including the Kremlin, blame on American cyber sabotage. The power grid outage followed a failed attempt by Washington to stage a provocation with the Venezuelan military over humanitarian aid deliveries last month from neighboring Colombia.

The fact that Washington’s efforts to overthrow the elected President Nicolas Maduro have so far floundered, might suggest that the Americans are intensifying their campaign to destabilize the country, with the objective of installing US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido. He declared himself “acting president” in January with Washington’s imprimatur.

Given that the nationwide power blackouts seem to have failed in fomenting a revolt by the civilian population or the military against Maduro, the next option tempting Washington could be the military one.

It seems significant that Washington has recently evacuated its last remaining diplomats from the South American country. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented on the evacuation by saying that having US personnel on the ground “was limiting” Washington’s scope for action. Also, American Airlines reportedly cancelled all its services to Venezuela in the past week. Again, suggesting that the US was considering a military intervention, either directly with its troops or covertly by weaponizing local proxies. The latter certainly falls under Abrams’ purview.

After the Rome meeting, Ryabkov said bluntly: “We assume that Washington treats our priorities seriously, our approach and warnings.”

One of those warnings delivered by Ryabkov is understood to have been that no American military intervention in Venezuela will be tolerated by Moscow.

For his part, Abrams sounded as if he had emerged from the meeting after having been given a severe reprimand. “No, we did not come to a meeting of minds, but I think the talks were positive in the sense that both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other’s views,” he told reporters.

“A better understanding of the other’s views,” means that the American side was given a red line to back off.

The arrogance of the Americans is staggering. Abrams seems, according to US reporting, to have flown to Rome with the expectation of working out with Ryabkov a “transition” or “compromise” on who gets the “title of president” of Venezuela.

That’s what he no doubt meant when he said after the meeting “there was not a meeting of minds”, but rather he got “a better understanding” of Russia’s position.

Washington’s gambit is a replay of Syria. During the eight-year war in that country, the US continually proffered the demand of a “political transition” which at the end would see President Bashar al Assad standing down. By contrast, Russia’s unflinching position on Syria has always been that it’s not up to any external power to decide Syria’s politics. It is a sovereign matter for the Syrian people to determine independently.

Nearly three years after Russia intervened militarily in Syria to salvage the Arab country from a US-backed covert war for regime change, the American side has manifestly given up on its erstwhile imperious demands for “political transition”. The principle of Syrian sovereignty has prevailed, in large part because of Russia’s trenchant defense of its Arab ally.

Likewise, Washington, in its incorrigible arrogance, is getting another lesson from Russia – this time in its own presumed “back yard” of Latin America.

It’s not a question of Russia being inveigled by Washington’s regime-change schemers about who should be president of Venezuela and “how we can manage a transition”. Moscow has reiterated countless times that the legitimate president of Venezuela is Nicolas Maduro whom the people voted for last year by an overwhelming majority in a free and fair election – albeit boycotted by the US-orchestrated opposition.

The framework Washington is attempting to set up of choosing between their desired “interim president” and incumbent Maduro is an entirely spurious one. It is not even worthy to be discussed because it is a gross violation of Venezuela’s sovereignty. Who is Washington to even dare try to impose its false choice?

On Venezuela, Russia is having to remind the criminal American rulers – again – about international law and respect for national sovereignty, as Moscow earlier did with regard to Syria.

And in case Washington gets into a huff and tries the military option, Moscow this week told regime-change henchman Abrams that that’s a red line. If Washington has any sense of rationale left, it will know from its Syria fiasco that Russia has Venezuela’s back covered.

Political force is out. Military force is out. Respect international law and Venezuela’s sovereignty. That’s Russia’s eminently reasonable ultimatum to Washington.

Now, the desperate Americans could still try more sabotage, cyber or financial. But their options are limited, contrary to what Trump thinks.

How the days of American imperialist swagger are numbered. There was a time when it could rampage all over Latin America. Not any more, evidently. Thanks in part to Russia’s global standing and military power.

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ruca
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ruca

Great article. Thanks.

peacefully express
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peacefully express

Ha ha .If there’s a Syria type conflict in Latin America ‘Deep State would organize illegal immigrants from Latin America flooding US.Trump won’t allow this to happen!.

john mason
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john mason

Trump is a nobody. Get used to it.

cheryl sanchez
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cheryl sanchez

It is about the the White minority in Venezuela using means necessary to re take the political sphere: They have used violence/ sabotage/ SANCTIONS in order to collectively PUNISH THE MAJORITY FOR THE MINORITY PLUNDERING SCHEMES.

Guy
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Guy

This article is so correct in every way and I was looking forward to a more direct approach on the part of the RF , and this has now been done.Thank you so very much .
The ball is now in your court , Trump et al ,to start dealing intelligently and diplomatically with other nation states. Trump better find a way to to cool the deep state heels.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Strangely enough, the biggest investor is not Russia, but China. We have only seen the first half of this “great defence” at the moment and it is scaring the hell out of the US, let us see what China may add (as one with Russia) to the show.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I would have enjoyed being a fly on the wall during the meeting with the criminal, Abrams.

Russia is not close enough to give Venezuela the kind of military support they have done in Syria, so it will be fascinating to find out what means they will use to neuter the rabid dogs in the USA.

Whatever it is, seems sufficient to worry the US warmongers.

China really needs to step up to the plate and weaponise their US Government Bonds.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

I absolutely agree with you. Wouldn’t it be funny, if the US downfall emanated from South America ?.

Olivia Kroth
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China is the greatest investor in Venezuela but Russia has a military airbase there, in the island of La Orchila. This also scares “the hell out of the US” regime because they are not the only ones any more, establishing military airbases worldwide, a fact that infuriates them immensely.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Well blow me, not only had I never heard of the Island before, there are reports about it – https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25570/venezuela-agreed-to-let-russia-set-up-a-bomber-outpost-on-this-carribean-island-reports

Thanks for the info. Hope it is true.

NELSON WIGHT, u.s.
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Well Put again, Fin. Of course we all recognize the ‘whites only’, the aristocracy in US elites, and the anti-socialism in our world.

Conor Hanley
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Conor Hanley

If only this was true , red lines are meaningless unless backed up with real actions ie. actually sending a real ‘trip wire’ to Venezuela.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal
Olivia Kroth
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Good for Russia, good for Venezuela. The US regime needs to be shown its boundaries.

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

A characteristically excellent analysis by Finian Cunningham. Hitherto Putin has always erred on the side of caution – no bad thing – “slowly slowly catchee monkey” as the old proverb goes. However it’s becoming increasingly clear that the US is in terminal decline. The problem with bullying people into submission is that the moment they lose their fear they are liable to turn on you. Assad showed that it is possible to stand up to the US and survive, Kim followed on- albeit with the benefit of nukes, and now Maduro is rubbing it in – and without any real… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“The tragedy for Trump that it will all be blamed on him – the sucker – when real disaster strikes.”

Trump himself says “the buck stops with me”. He SHOULD BE BLAMED for all he has done world-wide against peace, by starting and expanding wars and “regime change”. He has betrayed his base and they are leaving in droves.

Olivia Kroth
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In this respect he is no different from all the bad “presidents” before him. Bad, worse, worst …

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

EXACTLY! NO excuses can be made for him.

Platon
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Platon

Prepare for total, global quarantine of the USA.
No acceptance back into the family of nations until the US unilaterally disarms.

mark mcdougall
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mark mcdougall

Sorry, but assymetric warfare is cheap and capable of inflicting great and continuing damage, I cant see that stopping, rather it will escalate, at least until everyone recognises the psychpaths wherever they try to run the show.

Arby
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I sure hope that Finian is right here.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Stand up to this bully and he’ll back down. Some lessons are learned the hard way only.

Olivia Kroth
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Yes, and Russia is helping Venezuela to stand up to the bully. The Moscow Times reports that Russia sent two planes with dozens of soldiers and military advisers to Venezuela’s capital of Caracas over the weekend:

“… Russian military officials arrived in Caracas to discuss strategy, equipment maintenance and training. Flight-tracking data showed that an Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left from Russia for Caracas on Friday. The planes landed three months after the two nations held military exercises in Venezuela that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations …”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-troops-advisers-arrive-in-venezuela-reports-a64937

Olufemi smith
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Is the world headed towards another”Cuban missile crisis “in the 21st century?

Olufemi smith
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Can Trump handle this current Russian diplomatic audacity having failed woefully in Syria?

Olivia Kroth
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MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. Russia and Venezuela plan to sign about 20 agreements on cooperation in various spheres, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview with Russia’s Channel One aired on Wednesday.

“In April, a high-level working session on intergovernmental cooperation between Russia and Venezuela will take place. We will sign over 20 documents on cooperation in economy, trade, culture, energy and education,” he said.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/1050660

One eyed jack
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One eyed jack

Was very impressed by the level of reporting here everything is spot on, and in order.The reader has an good eye on what’s happening and what not happening.
The reader here is put right in the picture of what Russia is not going to put up with.Very good.

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