Venezuela's Maduro talks to RT about avoiding war
February 05, 2019 "Information
time when the eyes of the world are closely
watching his country, Venezuelan President
Nicolas Maduro has given an exclusive
interview to RT Spanish, speaking about the
threats of war and of foul play in politics.
Several EU nations have been the latest to
recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan
Guaidó as the country's "interim leader,"
and US President Donald Trump is keeping the
military option on the table against the
"illegitimate" Maduro, while aiming to choke
Venezuela's oil trade with sanctions.
Amidst the turmoil, Maduro firmly believes
he has the backing of the people – and says
he doesn't care how history will remember
him, as long as it's not as a traitor.
Guaidó's recognition a 'political and moral mistake'
The nations that have recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's 'acting president' have made a "diplomatic, political and moral" mistake, Maduro believes.
In the 21st century, international relations cannot be built on ultimatums.
He pointed to the European governments and those of the US-backed Lima Group (which includes Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, among others) as being subservient to Washington's policies in seeking to force a "coup, a comedy, a circus" upon Venezuela.
No lack of elections in Venezuela
When asked if he would be ready to declare early presidential elections to appease those questioning his legitimacy, Maduro staunchly refused.
"There's no deficit of elections in Venezuela, we held elections 25 times in the last 20 years," he said. "We had six elections in the past year-and-a-half."
The only elections pending, Maduro said, are parliamentary ones in 2020, in accordance with the constitutional schedule.
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