As Russia Guarantees Maduro’s Survival in Venezuela, Colombia Lashes Out Desperately

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CARACAS, Venezuela – The US media has published an analyst’s commentary on the recent flight of two Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela. According to columnist Merrill Matthews, such a step is part of Russia’s plan to achieve supremacy in the global energy market.

In an article in The Hill newspaper, Matthews explains that the Russian authorities intend to create a kind of “Dark OPEC” to control the oil and natural gas market. Thus, Moscow could determine fuel prices and influence the political processes in different countries.

The paper’s analyst adds that Moscow is willing to provide financial aid to Caracas in exchange for cooperation in the oil and gas field. In this context, the flight of the Tu-160 became a message for Venezuela and also for other countries in Latin America and for the United States.

The arrival of the Russian military aircraft came after a visit by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to Moscow, where he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. On December 15, the bombers returned to Russia.

Matthews noted that Moscow also has more and more influence in the Middle East, which is another problem for the US that continues to depend on hydrocarbon fuels.

The expert believes that the US energy problem could be solved by using clean energy. However, the columnist considers it unlikely that the US will totally replace conventional fuels.

Meanwhile, the Russian authorities have reiterated on numerous occasions that the Russian-Venezuelan ties are focused on strengthening the multipolar world and eradicating the practice of double standards in international politics and unilateral sanctions against third countries.

On December 10, two Russian strategic Tu-160 bombers, an An-124 military transport plane and an Il-62 aircraft landed on the outskirts of Caracas. Russian airplanes performed interoperability exercises with the Venezuelan Air Force this week.

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Sending strategic Tu-160 bombers from Russia to Venezuela has given rise to criticism from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who characterized this action as a waste of public resources.

Thus Russia’s ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, stressed that the “alarmist” messages in this regard were conveyed by “those who for some reason are reluctant to let Russia and Venezuela continue to develop cooperation.”

Meanwhile, the Colombian government has announced that it will ban Venezuelan officials from entering its territory and that will prevent them from accessing its financial system, according to the resolution adopted on Friday by 13 of the 14 countries that comprise the Lima Group.

“To prevent high authorities of the Venezuelan regime from entering the territory of the member countries of the Lima Group, to prepare lists of individuals and legal entities whose banks should prevent access to the financial system,” said Colombia’s Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, according to statements released by his office.

The foreign minister also said that Colombia is preparing economic sanctions to block Venezuela commercially and that it seeks to close the doors to financial loans to officials of the neighboring country, which is in accordance with the resolution approved last Friday in a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group.

According to the official, the measures adopted by Colombia will be of a diplomatic nature and are not intended to affect the Venezuelan people, but rather to authorities close to President Nicolás Maduro.

He also recalled that the Colombian government does not intend to resort to military measures.

Colombia’s position is perfectly clear: Colombia will act in accordance with the commitments it has made, and will also do so in line with the other members of the Lima Group, both politically and from the point of view of concrete measures, “assured Trujillo.

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