Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro today accused the CIA and the US military of plotting to assassinate him, wondering if his US counterpart, Joe Biden, had given his approval.
"Did Joe Biden ratify Donald Trump's orders to lead Venezuela into a civil war and kill us?" Yes or No; "I ask," said the Venezuelan president, commenting during a military ceremony on the visits of CIA Director William Burns and the head of Southcom, Admiral Craig Faller, to Colombia and Brazil.
"What have they done?" Our sources in Colombia assure us (…) that they have come to prepare a plan aimed at harming my life and the lives of important political and military leaders (…) President Joe Biden has approved a plan to assassinate me and that of important political and military leaders in Venezuela? Yes or no? ”He asked.
Nicolas Maduro, who has no evidence of his accusations, regularly denounces plots of coup, military invasion or assassination, blaming the United States and its regional allies, such as Colombia or Brazil, for not recognizing him. in 2018.
Like Donald Trump's predecessor, President Joe Biden sees opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela and does not recognize Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president.
For the past three years, the United States has stepped up diplomatic pressure and financial sanctions to oust Maduro from power, but without success.
Biden, however, took a more flexible diplomatic approach. Last Friday, the United States, the European Union and Canada said they were willing to "reconsider" sanctions against the Caribbean country if progress was made in negotiations between the government and the opposition to conduct "credible, transparent and without exclusions ”local, parliamentary and presidential elections.