February 5, 2019

US Intervention in Venezuela Is Possible Only If There Is a Threat to American Citizens

Expert of the “Borysfen Intel” Center Kateryna Vakarchuk on the Ukrainian Radio


US military intervention in Venezuela is possible only if there is a threat to American citizens. This is on the Ukrainian Radio in the program “Today. In the Afternoon”, said Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology of the Mechnikov National University of Odesa, expert of the “Borysfen Intel” Center Kateryna Vakarchuk.

“The military intervention will only be possible if American diplomats are being harmed or there is a threat to US citizens in Venezuela, although most of them have already left. Therefore, I think that they will be afraid to do it”, — said Kateryna Vakarchuk.

According to her, at the moment the Maduro regime exists on old stocks, however, it is difficult to predict when they  end.

“How long the regime of Nicolas Maduro and all of his environment can last without financial injections is anyone's guess: a week, two, or a month, because still there are gold and foreign reserves of the country and banks that can be sold to China and Russia and even Turkey in exchange for cash”, — she stressed.

Venezuela is the place where economic and geopolitical interests of leading world clash.

“At the moment we can see the following triangle: the USA-Russia-China, which have their direct interests in this region. Of course, it's oil and money that no party wants to lose”, the expert is sure.

February 4, Venezuelan President N. Maduro, who continues his second term in office despite the international criticism, declined the demand of a number of European countries to hold new presidential elections. January 16, the National Assembly (Parliament) of Venezuela, which had earlier declared the illegitimacy of N. Maduro's second term in the post of President, adopted a statement that it recognized him as a usurper. Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to force N. Maduro leave office.

Venezuela is in a deep political and economic crisis. The opposition places on N. Maduro the responsibility for the complex situation in the country. At the end of August 2017, the United States imposed sanctions on N. Maduro, which provide for freezing of his assets that are under the jurisdiction of the United States, as well as a ban on individuals and legal entities from the United States to conduct business with him.

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