Trump and Venezuela: the end of the sanctions bar


With the new sanctions to Venezuela from the US is now on a par with Cuba, Syria and North Korea. More can hardly sanction. But trump quickly shot raises many questions.

It is a little more than six months, as the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó challenged the incumbent President of the South American country, Nicolás Maduro, open, by he declared himself the interim President and an end to the autocratic Maduro regime demanded.

Guaidó was immediately recognized by the US government as a legitimate President, followed by about 50 other countries, including a dozen EU countries. Has brought with it a lot. Without the support of the Venezuelan military Guaidó not been able to push Maduro from office. On Monday, Washington moved the sanction screw again.

Who or what is affected by the sanctions?

President Trump signed will be blocked on Monday, an arrangement that with immediate effect all property and property rights of the Venezuelan government in the United States. In addition, a trade ban. From now on, Americans may not do business with the government in Caracas.

To Caracas imposed similar restrictions, such as Iran, North Korea, Syria and Cuba. So far, it is unclear what order of magnitude the assets of the Maduro government in the United States. The most important Venezuelan ownership, the Oil company Citgo, an American subsidiary of the state oil Company PDVSA, has already been busy in January with sanctions. In force already sanctions against nearly 100 individuals and entities associated with the government of Maduro in connection were.

US national security adviser John Bolton sends from Lima a message to the supporters of the Maduro government

Why are these sanctions now?

This question gives room for many speculations. But there is certainly a connection with the almost the same time as the start of the international conference on Venezuela in the Peruvian capital, Lima. Foreign Ministers and delegates from around 60 countries met on Tuesday in Lima to discuss a way out of the crisis in Venezuela.

One of the main supporters of Nicolás Maduro, Cuba, Russia, China and Turkey, although invited, declined participation but. The most prominent U.S. representatives in Lima, national security Advisor John Bolton has used the Forum to announce the probable main purpose of the new sanctions: “We are sending a Signal to third parties that want to do business with the Maduro Regime shops. Proceed with extreme caution. There is no need to put your economic interests with the United States on the game by trying to beat out a corrupt and dying Regime of making a Profit.”

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s head of state, holds tenaciously on to Power. The end is not in sight.

How did the current President Nicolás Maduro?

Predictable. The Venezuelan government has criticized the new U.S. sanctions against the South American country of sharp and “terrorism” means. “We condemn the arbitrary actions of the economic terrorism of the Trump government against the Venezuelan people”, it said on Tuesday, in a communication to the foreign Ministry in Caracas.

“Washington is looking to strengthen the criminal economic and financial Blockade, which has caused the Venezuelan society is already severe wounds.”

Blackout in Caracas. The power shortage in the country is almost a habit

How did the Venezuelan opposition leader Guidó?

Juan Guaidó hastened to make it clear that the sanctions are directed against the Venezuelan population. “This action aims to protect Venezuelans,” said the leader of the opposition in a statement on Tuesday. Guaidó also noted that the sanctions “have humanitarian exceptions on food and medicine”, and also “the private sector protects, the power of not doing business with a dictatorship”.

Damage the sanctions seriously, the Regime in Caracas?

The Land is located for a Long time already on the verge of bankruptcy. Even week-long blackout of the entire power supply in the country, has been able to sit by and wait for Nicolás Maduro. It is not only a political but also a humanitarian crisis of the greatest magnitude that Venezuela is going through.

A resounding effect of the new sanctions is not to be expected. Maduro has long established itself with a simple division of labour of his three main supporters: China, the billion in loans that Russia is sending military equipment, and Cuba provides agents for the Repression.