27 March 2019   Leave a comment

US President Trump has warned Russia that its troops should leave Venezuela. According to Reuters:

“‘Russia has to get out,’ Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Guaido’s wife, Fabiana Rosales.

“Asked how he would make Russian forces leave, Trump said: ‘We’ll see. All options are open.’”

Similarly, US Vice President Pence called the Russian intervention an “unwelcome provocation”. The Russians rejected the demand and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said:

“As in colonial times 200 years ago, the U.S. continues to regard Latin America as a zone for its exclusive interests, its own ‘backyard’ and they directly demand that it should obey the U.S. without a word and that other countries should steer clear of the region….[D]oes the U.S. think that people are waiting for it to bring democracy to them on the wings of its bombers? This question can be answered by Iraqis, Libyans and Serbs.”

The threats come as Venezuela is going through yet another electrical blackout, putting almost the entire country at further risk. According to The Guardian : “The internet monitoring organisation NetBlocks reported that 91% of Venezuela was knocked offline by Wednesday’s blackout.”

British Prime Minister May has promised to step down if the Parliament finally passes her agreement with the European Union (EU). The announcement received support from some of her most adamant opponents, such as Boris Johnson, who indicated that he would now vote to support the agreement because it means that May would leave. It now appears as if there are some members of Parliament who will vote to support the agreement because there is no way for a functioning government to form as long as this matter remains an issue. The last two years are certainly not going to be remembered as the finest days of a long-standing democracy.

The Parliament considered eight options in a series of “indicative votes” and rejected everyone of them. ABC News relates the options that came closest to passing: “In the end, none of the eight motions tabled by individual lawmakers setting out alternative Brexit plans found a majority. The closest run votes were for the U.K. to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU, which received 264 votes in favor and 272 against, and for a second referendum, which received 268 votes and 295 against.”

Posted March 27, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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