Brazilian VP-elect Defends Pressure On Venezuela, Criticizes ‘Childish anti-Americanism’

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Brazilian Vice President-elect Antônio Hamilton Mourão defended the diplomatic pressure against the Venezuelan government, so that elections are supposedly conducted in a normal situation to guarantee the alternation of power.

“Let’s remember that since 1998, this [Chavez] group occupies power in Venezuela, it’s 20 years in power. That curve has come to an end,” said Bolsonaro’s deputy in an interview with UOL.

However, the Vice President-elect failed to mention that Venezuela has conducted the most democratic elections in the world since Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro came to power, all under international observation.

Mourão was a military attache to the Brazilian embassy in Venezuela and said that the government should not apply sanctions against the neighboring country, but defended diplomatic pressure.

The future vice president said recently that Brazil would accept to participate in a United Nations mission to maintain peace in Venezuela. There are no signs that such an initiative is a UN agenda.

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Mourão also announced that from now on Brazilian foreign policy will be guided by relations between states and not by ideological affinities with the governments on duty, something that in his opinion prevailed when the socialist Workers’ Party (PT) was in power.

The vice president-elect said the next government hopes to achieve strategic rather than “purely commercial” relations with the United States, China and the European Union, and to build alliances in areas such as artificial intelligence and information technology applied to defense.

He also called for an end to “child anti-Americanism,” making reference to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) that was created by a host of socialist South American states.

“UNASUR is virtually bankrupt, it died and forgot to go to bed. The famous UNASUR Defense Council never took off. This was the temper of those people who ruled the countries of South America with the vision of the 19th century, that child anti-Americanism, it leads to nothing,” he said.

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