By Caribbean News Now contributor
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan ambassador to Russia, Carlos Tortosa, said, that despite the ongoing blockade by the United States, his country had found ways to defeat them and continue to advance his nation’s economic development.
In an interview with the Russian agency RT, Tortosa said that, “when our president announced that the gold production in the country has been recovering, the US government immediately banned any commercial relationship with our mining companies. We, of course, have already found ways to circumvent these sanctions.”
“We will act in the same way in relation to other measures that are being taken against our country,” Tortosa said.
According to the ambassador, Venezuela’s total losses as a result of these sanctions imposed by the US have been around US$130 billion.
Tortosa added that with these funds, Venezuela could have flourished for nine years. He said that despite the violent actions by sectors of the Venezuelan right, President Nicolás Maduro has insisted on the path of dialogue to resolve the situation and political differences among Venezuelans peacefully.
The diplomat disclosed that around 40 financial institutions in 17 nations have frozen US$5.47 billion from Venezuela. According to Tortosa, his government is fighting to free these funds and wants to inform the whole world about their financial situation.
Tortosa re-emphasised that the US’ chief aim is “to overthrow the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro,” and alter the political course established by commander Hugo Chávez.
The ambassador refuted the presence of Russian forces in Venezuela, adding that Moscow has communicated its position “to show that the issues cannot be resolved with intervention, threats and blackmail.”
In related developments, Marco Guzmán Adrian, Chargé d’ Affaires ad hoc of the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, presented his letter of credence to St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Mark Brantley, Monday, May 20, 2019.
Guzmán Adrian is a career diplomat with over 30 years’ experience working in the foreign service of the government of Venezuela. He has served in various countries in the Caribbean, Africa and South America at very senior diplomatic ranks.
This presentation officially signifies Guzmán Adrian’s official assumption of the role, as the resident chief diplomat at the Venezuelan embassy in Basseterre. Brantley welcomed the new Venezuelan diplomat and noted that “the relationship between St Kitts and Nevis remains very strong.”
According to Brantley, the government of St Kitts and Nevis remains very concerned about the developing situation in Venezuela.
He assured the Venezuelan diplomat that the position of St Kitts and Nevis remains consistent, as the country continues to support dialogue, respect for the constitution, respect for the rule of law and non–interference and non-intervention, as the ideal avenues to produce a peaceful resolution to the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.
Guzmán Adrian stated his sincere desire to work closely with the government of the Federation to “increase and strengthen the already excellent relations between both countries.”
Amongst his immediate plans, the new Chargé d’ Affaires ad hoc, highlighted his intentions to revitalise the work at the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation, with a relaunch later this year, where nationals would again have an excellent opportunity to benefit from Spanish language classes and various cultural activities.
Brantley further advised Chargé Guzmán Adrian that he equally looks forward to working with him for a successful tour of duty in the Federation.