CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The Obama Administration has been accused of interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs as the US Senate readied on Thursday to debate sanctions against the Venezuelan government following statements by Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States is concerned about what he called the situation in the South American nation.
Secretary of State John Kerry
During the 44th annual conference of the Council of the America, held on Wednesday at the US State Department, Kerry insisted that protestors in Venezuela -- who have been encouraged by external factors, according to local investigations -- have legitimate complaints that must be addressed.
Now the US Senate is ready to vote on an initiative to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials.
The Venezuelan government rejected statements by Kerry aimed at compromising Venezuela's sovereign position, according to a communiqué by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, which stressed that Washington is also trying to interfere with a dialogue between the government and the opposition.
The communiqué noted that repeated US statements were aimed at encouraging prolonged violence and they also revealed a deep lack of understanding of Venezuelan reality.
According to Caracas, the US statements would consider as legitimate the burning of universities and food trucks, as well as vandalism against public institutions, medical facilities, schools and even the murder of innocents.
Some regional analysts consider that the role of the US Congress is part of a US strategy to present the dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition as a delaying tactic.
Venezuela claims that the US Senate hearing has been promoted by conservative circles, including Florida-based senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, as well as Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, with the support of individuals like former under-secretary for Hemispheric Affairs with the Department of State, Roger Noriega.