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‘US Not Just Behind Venezuelan Coup, It’s Leading It’ – Foreign Minister to RT

‘US Not Just Behind Venezuelan Coup,  It’s Leading It’ – Foreign Minister to RT

CARACAS - Venezuela is well aware the US is actually leading an effort to topple President Maduro, but is ready to sit down with the Western-backed opposition and could be doing so “in half an hour,” the country’s Foreign Minister told RT.
Hitting back at the Western pressure, Venezuelan government will now focus its efforts on “the main leader of the coup, the ‘director of the circus,’ namely, the US government, Mr Trump and his representatives.”
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza gave an inteview to RT Spanish on Sunday. Without further ado, he accused Washington of spearheading what he said an effort to overthrow democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.
Adding to a US-led pressure for President Maduro to step aside, Spain, France, Germany and the UK on Saturday issued the elected leader an ultimatum, calling on Maduro to call for new elections within eight days.
“First of all, it is interventionism to the highest degree. Secondly, it is arrogant, and, thirdly, it is artificial,” Arreaza commented. The Venezuelan government will scrutinize ties with countries who backed the opposition but will not put too much emphasis on it.
“The Bolivarian democracy only requires recognition and support from Venezuelan people,” he stated, adding, “other governments are of little interest to us.”
Nevertheless, Caracas will keep the door open to any talks with pro-Western opposition led by Juan Guaido. The opposition leader declared himself interim president last week, garnering support or recognition from the US and an array of other nations. Russia and Turkey were among those to denounce Guaidos’s move and said they would further recognize the elected leader Maduro.
“Everyone should know that we are in constant contact with the Venezuelan opposition,” said Venezuela’s top diplomat. Last December, the government was close to reaching a deal with them but they walked out of the talks after consulting with the State Department. (RT)