Venezuela: EU’s Mogherini is “just a witch”

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini is ”just a witch” serving US interests and does not represent the international community, Roy Chaderton Matos, a Venezuelan politician said.

“The international community is a lie that seeks to disguise itself with its western tragedy, formally led by a witch named Mogherini, who serves the interests of the US and some far-right European governments,” he said.

His reference to ‘far-right’ appears unrelated to the EU’s growing ‘far-right’ and ‘far-left’ Euroscepticism movement, and instead is in line with ‘neo-liberal’ as in ‘crony capitalism’ meaning of the word ‘far-right’, and in line with Venezuela’s conception of the meaning of the words ‘left’ and ‘right’; with pro-sovereignty movements being ‘left’ and pro-Washington policies being ‘right’.  This is a relic in Latin American politics inherited from the Cold War.

Chaderton is a politician, lawyer, and diplomat. As a graduate of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Chaderton is one of the most experienced members of the Venezuelan diplomatic corps. His statements carry the weight of official Caracas policy and opinion.

On May 28th, Federica Mogherini announced that the EU plans to adopt new sanctions against Venezuela in the coming weeks. To be clear, these are sanctions not in line with the EU’s own interests, but appears as a sacrifice to the US. As noted by FRN and CSS, the US appears to be in a position to cede some positions in Europe, Eurasia, and the MENA region in exchange for a return to dominance in Latin America.

In addition, the European diplomat charged Venezuela to hold new presidential elections, with “observance of all constitutional rules”, in order to allow all political parties to participate in political life in the country.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry issued a statement Monday stating that the countries that make up the European Union lack legal and moral powers to question the elections in Venezuela.

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“Venezuela reiterates that no instance of the European Union, like any of its governments, has any legal authority, much less moral authority, to question the decisions that the Venezuelan people take in the free exercise of their democracy,” the statement said.

Venezuela has reiterated its willingness to maintain a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation with the European Union bloc, but has also warned that it will not accept “interference” from foreign powers.

The elections in Venezuela were questioned by the member states of the European Union, as well as by members of the so-called Lima Group, made up of 14 American countries, including Brazil.

The Venezuelan authorities, however, have ensured the transparency of their electoral system, noting that the re-election of President Nicolás Maduro for the period 2019-2025 must be respected by the international community.

In addition, the elections were monitored by international experts who deemed the process and outcome to be within the range of acceptable standards for a country of Venezuela’s profile. In short, the process was deemed clean and fair.

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