EXCLUSIVE! GRU Confirms: US Doing Everything in Its Power to Overthrow Maduro’s Government!
Speaking of Moscow's reaction to what's going on in Venezuela, the U.S. wants to change the government there and use Colombia to do that. The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov, stated that. He made that statement at the conference on international security. It was held last week in Moscow.
Igor Kostyukov, Head of the Russian General Staff's Main Intelligence Department: “In March, U.S. President Donald Trump stated that it's possible to provide Brazil with a similar status. Despite the fact that there are no direct military threats to U.S. security in Latin America, Washington has a substantial military presence there. The U.S. Northern and Southern Commands deployed up to 20,000 servicemen. In the period of threat, they plan to engage up to 40,000 servicemen. In Latin America, US joint-force military and tactics groups are deployed on a permanent basis. They consist of 7,500 servicemen. The Pentagon is making a plan to create a multi-national unit based on the U.S. Navy landing craft. The United States is insistently pushing the Latin American armed forces into multi-national operational and combat training organized by the Pentagon.
After Donald Trump came to power, the U.S. administration began to aggressively promote American interests in the region. They pursue goals such as total control over all economic and political processes, to ensure that Washington dominates in rapidly developing regional markets, and to gain unrestricted access to natural resources, to hinder interaction within the BRICS framework, as well as bilateral relations between Russia and the states in the Western hemisphere, force the main competitors out, which aren't just Russia and China, but the EU as well. By interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states in the region, the United States increases the number of its friends by bringing the political and economic elites loyal to Washington to power. As of now, the White House has de facto turned the OAS into a tool to suppress dissidence in the member countries and promote its own regional interests. The example of the Lima Group shows an extremely dangerous trend when controlled, informal groups are created for the White House's purposes. Their activities aren't governed by any rules or regulations. This makes such groups suitable for the adoption and implementation of decisions which are questionable in terms of international law. Being governed by the updated Monroe Doctrine, Washington openly links economic, military, technical, humanitarian, and other assistance to Latin American states to their positions on urgent political issues. Thus, it promotes its interests in the region. It also puts pressure on the countries that it dislikes.
One of the clear examples was the suspension of Venezuela's membership in the Southern Common Market in 2017. Formally, it was done on the demand of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Now, according to the US National Security Strategy, which sets forth the increasing role of force in its foreign policy, the White House is starting to take radical measures to change the regimes it dislikes. On February 18th, President Donald Trump set the goal to displacing left-wing governments in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba in a short time. Washington thinks that it'll allow to ultimately turn Latin America into a region fully controlled by the U.S. They're already taking specific measures with respect to Venezuela to destabilize the domestic political situation in the country through consolidating the opposition, holding large-scale protests with their help, and, most importantly, unleashing hybrid aggression against the republic. It's the formation of parallel public administration bodies controlled by the U.S. including the de facto appointment by Washington and official recognition by its allies of the chairman of the Venezuelan parliament Juan Guaido as the country's acting president. It's the accreditation of alternative ambassadors from the Bolivarian Republic in foreign states and its representatives to international organizations. It's the seizure of diplomatic property and other state property abroad, attachment of accounts, gold and currency reserves, the imposition of sanctions, as well as large-scale economic and political pressure. At the same time, the Americans chose Guaido's candidacy but not much more authoritative representatives of the Venezuelan opposition. It shows that he plays a one-time role to expedite the process of overthrowing the legitimate authority as much as possible.
The United States engages the OAS, the informal Lima Group, the European Union, and authoritative international financial institutions in order to carry out a color revolution in Venezuela. On direct instructions by the U.S., they implement plans to stop activities by the regional bodies which Washington dislikes. It's the Union of South American Nations, first and foremost. And they've created a new integration body named the Forum for the Progress of South America. It's supposed to promote the United State's interests in the region. Under pressure by the White House, the Inter-American Development Bank where the USA is the largest shareholder, demonstratively refused to hold a regular meeting in China this March because Beijing refused to issue a visa to Juan Guaido, appointed by the opposition. At Washington's behest, the bank's management intends to extend credit of $50 billion, which is to replace Maduro, in order to restore the country's economy to the new, pro-Western Venezuelan government. It's considered to encourage Caracas's foreign partners to refuse to cooperate with the current authorities.
They're economically strangling Venezuela. The new sectoral sanctions imposed by Washington led to their oil exports, which are the main source of budget revenue, being cut in half. The republic receives less than a billion on a monthly basis. Lawsuits against the Petroleum of Venezuela corporation, the main donor of the country's economy, for $2.5 billion, were filed in American and Canadian courts. Foreign assets of the republic's strategically important companies were placed under the opposition's control. Britain's banks refuse to return the 80 tons of Venezuelan gold. In February, on the U.S.'s initiative, there was an attempt at a humanitarian invasion into the republic from the territory of Brazil and Colombia in order to provoke large-scale disobedience demonstrations and force the army and the police to use arms to restore order.
However, the American Blitzkrieg with respect to Venezuela failed. Washington underestimated the strength of the republic's legitimate government, its support by the population, and the readiness of the Venezuelan security agencies to defend the constitutional order. Its expectation of a blood-shedding clash between the army and the people wasn't met either.
At the same time, the U.S.'s sabotage activities against the Bolivarian Republic are still going on. They make different plans on how to overthrow the Chavez’s government from creating conditions for protest sentiments to increase, which would further transform into social fallout, to using force against Caracas.
At the same time, Washington, which is afraid to use its own armed forces, wants to carry out an invasion through its allies, such as Colombia, first and foremost. In addition to it, Venezuelan deserters, members of criminal gangs from Central American states, Colombian insurgents, and insurgent groups are being recruited into illegal, armed groups. They're already engaged in sabotage against the Bolivarian Republic's infrastructure facilities.
At the same time, the Americans don't care about the fact that ordinary civilians mostly suffer because of their actions. The United States claims that it defends their interests. In fact, Washington is ready to call the Venezuelan government a sponsor of international terrorism and use force and impose sanctions against Caracas under that pretext. The technique of color revolutions, which they use in Venezuela, could be used in Nicaragua and Cuba soon. The Nicaraguan opposition, sponsored by the U.S., de facto sabotages a nascent domestic dialogue by making demands which are known to be unacceptable for the government.
To overthrow the socialist regime in Cuba, Trump's administration focused on economic measures. In particular, the Helms-Burton Act was re-enacted in the USA in March. It enables Americans to seek compensation for the property lost in the republic, which could affect over 200 Cuban enterprises. A substantial decrease in the supplies of Venezuelan oil as a result of U.S. sanctions was a blow to Cuba. To increase Washington's influence in the region, the U.S. State Department spends up to $1.5 billion per year. This is only the official data, which doesn't include special and extra-budgetary programs. Thus, the U.S. administration views Latin America as a zone of strategically important national interests.
It also makes substantial efforts to gain full control over the region. At the same time, Washington acts without regard for international law and possible negative consequences, not only for the region but its closest partners as well. At the same time, the foreign policy focused on America and conducted by the U.S. in the Western hemisphere is the main threat to security in Latin America. We can already see the results of such destabilizing activities by Washington in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.