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Sovereign Debt: Venezuela announces deal with individual creditors

Sovereign Debt: Venezuela announces deal with individual creditors


CARACAS, Venezuela: The Venezuelan government announced on Friday an agreement with individual creditors to restructure terms of its sovereign debt.

Because the government has been in default for three years, the deal is intended to ease terms of the debt so it could fulfill its financial obligations.

The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade said the deal is proof of “the permanent will of the issuers to comply with their obligations, regardless of the effects that external factors may have caused on the payment capacity of the issuers.”

It said the agreement was based on a proposal by the government in September that consisted of interrupting accruing interests in exchange for negotiating a restructure of the defaulted debt.

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said at the time that the country is committed to fulfilling its obligations despite international pressures.

"Venezuela has always been characterized by faithfully fulfilling its payment obligations for foreign debt services, despite the multiform criminal aggression perpetrated against the country," said Rodriguez.

The announcement Friday mentions that the deal is no longer available in its current form to creditors who refused to negotiate in September.

But the ministry made clear the Venezuelan is willing to talk and negotiate with creditors “with the purpose of achieving a debt restructuring in accordance with the rights and interests of all parties.”

And for creditors in countries with tense diplomatic and financial relations with the Venezuelan government, the announcement said: “For those bondholders who may have some type of limitation arising from their respective laws, national regulations or others and that limits them to establish contact with the issuers, it will be expected until such limitation is overcome in order to establish the conversations to which there may be the place.”



CARACAS, Venezuela: The Venezuelan government announced on Friday an agreement with individual creditors to restructure terms of its sovereign debt.

Because the government has been in default for three years, the deal is intended to ease terms of the debt so it could fulfill its financial obligations.

The Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade said the deal is proof of “the permanent will of the issuers to comply with their obligations, regardless of the effects that external factors may have caused on the payment capacity of the issuers.”

It said the agreement was based on a proposal by the government in September that consisted of interrupting accruing interests in exchange for negotiating a restructure of the defaulted debt.

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said at the time that the country is committed to fulfilling its obligations despite international pressures.

"Venezuela has always been characterized by faithfully fulfilling its payment obligations for foreign debt services, despite the multiform criminal aggression perpetrated against the country," said Rodriguez.

The announcement Friday mentions that the deal is no longer available in its current form to creditors who refused to negotiate in September.

But the ministry made clear the Venezuelan is willing to talk and negotiate with creditors “with the purpose of achieving a debt restructuring in accordance with the rights and interests of all parties.”

And for creditors in countries with tense diplomatic and financial relations with the Venezuelan government, the announcement said: “For those bondholders who may have some type of limitation arising from their respective laws, national regulations or others and that limits them to establish contact with the issuers, it will be expected until such limitation is overcome in order to establish the conversations to which there may be the place.”


Joe Biden injected hope into Venezuela’s opposition, Guaid贸's envoy says

Joe Biden injected hope into Venezuela’s opposition, Guaid贸's envoy says


MIAMI – Opposition leader Juan Guaid贸's envoy to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, said Friday that President Joe Biden took a very important step when he granted Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans.

Vecchio said that with TPS Biden is making a statement to condemn Nicol谩s Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Ch谩vez as the leader of the socialist Bolivarian Revolution in 2013.

Maduro has blamed Venezuelan poverty on U.S. sanctions on the state-run oil company. Guaid贸 blames failed socialist policies and repression for pushing the once-prosperous democracy into a humanitarian crisis.

“The main problem of Venezuela is not the sanctions,” Vecchio said. “The main problem of Venezuela is Maduro.”

China and Russia support Maduro, 58, and his unrelenting attacks to stay in power. U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has said Biden supports Guaid贸, 37, as Venezuela’s leader.

Guaid贸, whose term expired on Jan. 5, Henrique Capriles, and other opposition leaders have managed to stay out of prison. Vecchio is among the interim government officials who are unable to go back to Venezuela over the fear of becoming political prisoners.

“With this protection now we will be more stable, in order to help us to raise the voice in favor of Venezuela,” Vecchio said. “And to bring more people, congressman, senators and the institution of the United States, to put more pressure to find a political solution in Venezuela.”

The story is familiar to the Cuban exiles who found refuge in South Florida when their efforts to remove Fidel Castro failed.

Meanwhile, Maduro is unable to stabilize the economy, so he announced ambitious plans to move to a fully digital economy. In the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans are mostly relying on the U.S. dollar.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Venezuelans for TPS until September 2022 when it’s likely Biden will grant a renewal of the policy.

“The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,” Mayorkas said in a statement during the announcement.

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MIAMI – Opposition leader Juan Guaid贸's envoy to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, said Friday that President Joe Biden took a very important step when he granted Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans.

Vecchio said that with TPS Biden is making a statement to condemn Nicol谩s Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Ch谩vez as the leader of the socialist Bolivarian Revolution in 2013.

Maduro has blamed Venezuelan poverty on U.S. sanctions on the state-run oil company. Guaid贸 blames failed socialist policies and repression for pushing the once-prosperous democracy into a humanitarian crisis.

“The main problem of Venezuela is not the sanctions,” Vecchio said. “The main problem of Venezuela is Maduro.”

China and Russia support Maduro, 58, and his unrelenting attacks to stay in power. U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has said Biden supports Guaid贸, 37, as Venezuela’s leader.

Guaid贸, whose term expired on Jan. 5, Henrique Capriles, and other opposition leaders have managed to stay out of prison. Vecchio is among the interim government officials who are unable to go back to Venezuela over the fear of becoming political prisoners.

“With this protection now we will be more stable, in order to help us to raise the voice in favor of Venezuela,” Vecchio said. “And to bring more people, congressman, senators and the institution of the United States, to put more pressure to find a political solution in Venezuela.”

The story is familiar to the Cuban exiles who found refuge in South Florida when their efforts to remove Fidel Castro failed.

Meanwhile, Maduro is unable to stabilize the economy, so he announced ambitious plans to move to a fully digital economy. In the streets of Caracas, Venezuelans are mostly relying on the U.S. dollar.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Venezuelans for TPS until September 2022 when it’s likely Biden will grant a renewal of the policy.

“The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,” Mayorkas said in a statement during the announcement.

Read More from the source, Local 10 

Colombia accuses Venezuela of seeking to buy Iranian missiles

Colombia accuses Venezuela of seeking to buy Iranian missiles

Colombian President Ivan Duque said the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to purchase Iranian missiles as it delivers weapons made in Belarus and Russia to Colombian armed groups.


Duque said in an event organized via the Internet: “Information was received from international intelligence services working with us, which shows that the Nicol谩s Maduro dictatorship is interested in obtaining some medium and long-range missiles from Iran.”


He continued, saying, “The information says that it (the missiles) has not arrived yet, but there have been contacts under instructions from (Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir) Padrino.”

Duque renewed his repeated accusations that Maduro was protecting and supporting former members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) who signe the peace agreement in 2016, as well as the “militants of the National Liberation Army”.

Colombia does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, and Duque calls him a dictator. The Colombian government is among more than 50 countries that considers opposition leader Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela.

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described Duque’s allegations as ‘fiction’.



Source: RT
Colombian President Ivan Duque said the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to purchase Iranian missiles as it delivers weapons made in Belarus and Russia to Colombian armed groups.


Duque said in an event organized via the Internet: “Information was received from international intelligence services working with us, which shows that the Nicol谩s Maduro dictatorship is interested in obtaining some medium and long-range missiles from Iran.”


He continued, saying, “The information says that it (the missiles) has not arrived yet, but there have been contacts under instructions from (Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir) Padrino.”

Duque renewed his repeated accusations that Maduro was protecting and supporting former members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) who signe the peace agreement in 2016, as well as the “militants of the National Liberation Army”.

Colombia does not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, and Duque calls him a dictator. The Colombian government is among more than 50 countries that considers opposition leader Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela.

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described Duque’s allegations as ‘fiction’.



Source: RT

Iranian official says Iran already sold cargo on tankers seized by US

Iranian official says Iran already sold cargo on tankers seized by US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Mahmoud Vaezi, Chief of Staff to the Iranian President Hasssan Rouhani has dismissed the U.S. claims about seizing four Iranian fuel tankers, stressing that the ships and cargo do not belong to the Islamic Republic.

According to him: “Neither the ships nor their flags belong to Iran,”  he told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Fars News reported. “The cargo on these ships had already been sold and we had already been paid as well,” he added.

The Wall Street Journal had claimed in a report on Friday that the Trump administration has for the first time confiscated cargo in vessels allegedly loaded with Iran fuel in violation of sanctions.

It quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the four ships, Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella, were seized on the high seas in recent days and are now en route to Houston, Texas.

The WSJ report also quoted an official saying the vessels had been taken over without the use of military force but didn’t provide any details.

Later, several U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, repeated the claim, alleging that the cargo belonged to Iran and was en route to Venezuela.

Yesterday, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the United States’ claim on confiscating four fuel tankers belonging to Iran is totally absurd, adding that Washington forges victory for itself.

Zangeneh said on Tuesday that Washington’s claim over seizing 4 Iranian Venezuela-bound tankers is ridiculous since neither the ships nor the cargoes belonged to Iran, adding that the cargo had been delivered to Venezuela on international trade scheme of Freight on Board of the ships (FOB) at sea.

The United States is trying to make a victory for itself, he noted. “United States has, in fact, seized Venezuela’s assets not Iran’s,” the minister underlined.

Immediately after the WSJ report, Iranian envoy in Venezuela Hojjat Soltani strongly rejected a Wall Street Journal report claiming that the U.S. has seized four Iranian tankers, while another official in similar remarks said neither the ship nor the cargo belong to Iran.

“Another lie and psychological war from the Imperialist propaganda apparatus of the U.S.,” wrote Soltani on his Twitter account on Friday, adding, “Neither are the tankers Iranian nor do their owner or flags have anything to do with Iran.” 


Source: AMN
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Mahmoud Vaezi, Chief of Staff to the Iranian President Hasssan Rouhani has dismissed the U.S. claims about seizing four Iranian fuel tankers, stressing that the ships and cargo do not belong to the Islamic Republic.

According to him: “Neither the ships nor their flags belong to Iran,”  he told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Fars News reported. “The cargo on these ships had already been sold and we had already been paid as well,” he added.

The Wall Street Journal had claimed in a report on Friday that the Trump administration has for the first time confiscated cargo in vessels allegedly loaded with Iran fuel in violation of sanctions.

It quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the four ships, Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella, were seized on the high seas in recent days and are now en route to Houston, Texas.

The WSJ report also quoted an official saying the vessels had been taken over without the use of military force but didn’t provide any details.

Later, several U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, repeated the claim, alleging that the cargo belonged to Iran and was en route to Venezuela.

Yesterday, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said the United States’ claim on confiscating four fuel tankers belonging to Iran is totally absurd, adding that Washington forges victory for itself.

Zangeneh said on Tuesday that Washington’s claim over seizing 4 Iranian Venezuela-bound tankers is ridiculous since neither the ships nor the cargoes belonged to Iran, adding that the cargo had been delivered to Venezuela on international trade scheme of Freight on Board of the ships (FOB) at sea.

The United States is trying to make a victory for itself, he noted. “United States has, in fact, seized Venezuela’s assets not Iran’s,” the minister underlined.

Immediately after the WSJ report, Iranian envoy in Venezuela Hojjat Soltani strongly rejected a Wall Street Journal report claiming that the U.S. has seized four Iranian tankers, while another official in similar remarks said neither the ship nor the cargo belong to Iran.

“Another lie and psychological war from the Imperialist propaganda apparatus of the U.S.,” wrote Soltani on his Twitter account on Friday, adding, “Neither are the tankers Iranian nor do their owner or flags have anything to do with Iran.” 


Source: AMN

US confirms seizure of Iranian fuel on Venezuela-bound ships

US confirms seizure of Iranian fuel on Venezuela-bound ships

AFP: The US Justice Department on Friday confirmed it had seized the fuel cargo aboard four tankers sent by Iran to crisis-wracked Venezuela, tying the shipments to Tehran's Revolutionary Guards and stepping up the pressure on its foe.

"With the assistance of foreign partners, this seized property is now in US custody," the Justice Department said, putting the total at more than one million barrels of petroleum and calling it the largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran.

The department had issued a warrant last month to seize the cargo of the tankers Bella, Bering, Pandi and Luna.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing US officials, that the ships had been seized at sea and were en route to Houston.

The Justice Department did not offer details about the circumstances of the seizure.

It accused Iran of "forcibly" boarding an unrelated ship after the four tankers were seized "in an apparent attempt to recover the seized petroleum."

US military officials said Thursday that incident took place in the Gulf of Oman, with Iran using a helicopter and two ships to take over the vessel, a Liberian-flagged oil and chemicals tanker, for several hours.

The US has accused Iranian businessman Mahmoud Madanipour, who allegedly had links to the Revolutionary Guards, of arranging oil shipments for Venezuela using offshore front companies and ship-to-ship transfers to get around sanctions on Iran.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated since 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational accord that froze Iran's nuclear program, and reimposed crippling sanctions on its economy.

The US considers the Revolutionary Guards a terror group.

Iran's ambassador to Venezuela Hojat Soltani denied any links between Tehran and the seized tankers.

"The ships are not Iranian, and neither the owner nor its flag has anything to do with Iran," Soltani said on Twitter.

Venezuela is almost entirely dependent on its oil revenues, but its production has fallen to roughly a quarter of its 2008 level and its economy has been devastated by six years of recession.

Washington's sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro's regime have forced Venezuela, which used to refine enough oil for its own needs, to turn to allies such as Iran to alleviate a desperate gasoline shortage.

Iran sent several tankers of gasoline to Venezuela earlier this year to help ease shortages.

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AFP: The US Justice Department on Friday confirmed it had seized the fuel cargo aboard four tankers sent by Iran to crisis-wracked Venezuela, tying the shipments to Tehran's Revolutionary Guards and stepping up the pressure on its foe.

"With the assistance of foreign partners, this seized property is now in US custody," the Justice Department said, putting the total at more than one million barrels of petroleum and calling it the largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran.

The department had issued a warrant last month to seize the cargo of the tankers Bella, Bering, Pandi and Luna.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing US officials, that the ships had been seized at sea and were en route to Houston.

The Justice Department did not offer details about the circumstances of the seizure.

It accused Iran of "forcibly" boarding an unrelated ship after the four tankers were seized "in an apparent attempt to recover the seized petroleum."

US military officials said Thursday that incident took place in the Gulf of Oman, with Iran using a helicopter and two ships to take over the vessel, a Liberian-flagged oil and chemicals tanker, for several hours.

The US has accused Iranian businessman Mahmoud Madanipour, who allegedly had links to the Revolutionary Guards, of arranging oil shipments for Venezuela using offshore front companies and ship-to-ship transfers to get around sanctions on Iran.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated since 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational accord that froze Iran's nuclear program, and reimposed crippling sanctions on its economy.

The US considers the Revolutionary Guards a terror group.

Iran's ambassador to Venezuela Hojat Soltani denied any links between Tehran and the seized tankers.

"The ships are not Iranian, and neither the owner nor its flag has anything to do with Iran," Soltani said on Twitter.

Venezuela is almost entirely dependent on its oil revenues, but its production has fallen to roughly a quarter of its 2008 level and its economy has been devastated by six years of recession.

Washington's sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro's regime have forced Venezuela, which used to refine enough oil for its own needs, to turn to allies such as Iran to alleviate a desperate gasoline shortage.

Iran sent several tankers of gasoline to Venezuela earlier this year to help ease shortages.

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US seized 4 Iranian fuel tankers ( Luna, Pandy, Bering and Bella) destined for Venezuela - WSJ

US seized 4 Iranian fuel tankers ( Luna, Pandy, Bering and Bella) destined for Venezuela - WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. officials as saying that the American government for the first time seized ships it said were transporting Iranian fuel in violation of the sanctions imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said Thursday, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies.

A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that no military force was used in the seizures and that the ships weren’t physically confiscated. Rather, U.S. officials threatened ship owners, insurers and captains with sanction to force them to hand over their cargo, which now becomes U.S. property, the official said.

Last month, U.S. prosecutors filed a lawsuit over the seizure of the gasoline carried by four tankers that Iran is trying to ship to Venezuela, in the latest attempt by the Trump administration to increase economic pressure on the two countries, according to Reuters.

The lawsuit aims to stem the flow of oil sales revenue to Iran, which Washington has imposed sanctions over its nuclear program, ballistic missiles and influence across the Middle East.

The Wall Street Journal, citing officials, said the four ships, the Luna, Pandy, Bering and Bella, have been stopped on the high seas in recent days and are now on their way to Houston.

Iran had sent six oil tankers to Venezuela, expressing its willingness to continue its oil shipments to the Latin American country, if Caracas requested more.

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said: “Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Tehran is ready to continue its oil shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more.”

The Iranian authorities also announced that their institutions would export oil derivatives to several countries in Asia and Africa, including Arab and Gulf countries.

Prosecutors alleged the four ships were transporting to Venezuela 1.1 million barrels of gasoline. But the tankers never arrived at the South American country and then went missing. Two of the ships later reappeared near Cape Verde, a second U.S. official said.

According to WSJ, Both officials agreed to discuss the sensitive diplomatic and judicial offensive only if granted anonymity.

Iran’s ambassador to Venezuela, Hojad Soltani, pushed back on what would appear a victory for the U.S. sanctions campaign, saying Thursday on Twitter that neither the ships nor their owners were Iranian.

“This is another lie and act of psychological warfare perpetrated by the U.S. propaganda machine,” Soltani said. “The terrorist #Trump cannot compensate for his humiliation and defeat by Iran using false propaganda.”

It is not clear where the vessels — the Bella, Bering, Pandi and Luna — or their cargoes currently are. But the ship captains weeks ago turned off their tracking devices to hide their locations, said Russ Dallen, a Miami-based partner at brokerage Caracas Capital Markets, who follows ship movements.

The Bering went dark on May 11 in the Mediterranean near Greece and has not turned on its transponder since, while the Bella did the same July 2 in the Philippines, Dallen said. The Luna and Pandi were last spotted when they were together in the Gulf of Oman on July 10 when the U.S. seizure order came. Shipping data shows that the Pandi, which also goes by Andy, is reporting that it has been “broken up,” or sold as scrap, Dallen said.

As commercial traders increasingly shun Venezuela, Nicol谩s Maduro’s socialist government has been increasingly turning to Iran.

In May, Maduro celebrated the arrival of five Iranian tankers delivering badly needed fuel to alleviate shortages that have led to days-long gas lines even in the capital, Caracas, which is normally spared such hardships.
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The Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. officials as saying that the American government for the first time seized ships it said were transporting Iranian fuel in violation of the sanctions imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said Thursday, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies.

A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that no military force was used in the seizures and that the ships weren’t physically confiscated. Rather, U.S. officials threatened ship owners, insurers and captains with sanction to force them to hand over their cargo, which now becomes U.S. property, the official said.

Last month, U.S. prosecutors filed a lawsuit over the seizure of the gasoline carried by four tankers that Iran is trying to ship to Venezuela, in the latest attempt by the Trump administration to increase economic pressure on the two countries, according to Reuters.

The lawsuit aims to stem the flow of oil sales revenue to Iran, which Washington has imposed sanctions over its nuclear program, ballistic missiles and influence across the Middle East.

The Wall Street Journal, citing officials, said the four ships, the Luna, Pandy, Bering and Bella, have been stopped on the high seas in recent days and are now on their way to Houston.

Iran had sent six oil tankers to Venezuela, expressing its willingness to continue its oil shipments to the Latin American country, if Caracas requested more.

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said: “Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Tehran is ready to continue its oil shipments to Venezuela if Caracas requests more.”

The Iranian authorities also announced that their institutions would export oil derivatives to several countries in Asia and Africa, including Arab and Gulf countries.

Prosecutors alleged the four ships were transporting to Venezuela 1.1 million barrels of gasoline. But the tankers never arrived at the South American country and then went missing. Two of the ships later reappeared near Cape Verde, a second U.S. official said.

According to WSJ, Both officials agreed to discuss the sensitive diplomatic and judicial offensive only if granted anonymity.

Iran’s ambassador to Venezuela, Hojad Soltani, pushed back on what would appear a victory for the U.S. sanctions campaign, saying Thursday on Twitter that neither the ships nor their owners were Iranian.

“This is another lie and act of psychological warfare perpetrated by the U.S. propaganda machine,” Soltani said. “The terrorist #Trump cannot compensate for his humiliation and defeat by Iran using false propaganda.”

It is not clear where the vessels — the Bella, Bering, Pandi and Luna — or their cargoes currently are. But the ship captains weeks ago turned off their tracking devices to hide their locations, said Russ Dallen, a Miami-based partner at brokerage Caracas Capital Markets, who follows ship movements.

The Bering went dark on May 11 in the Mediterranean near Greece and has not turned on its transponder since, while the Bella did the same July 2 in the Philippines, Dallen said. The Luna and Pandi were last spotted when they were together in the Gulf of Oman on July 10 when the U.S. seizure order came. Shipping data shows that the Pandi, which also goes by Andy, is reporting that it has been “broken up,” or sold as scrap, Dallen said.

As commercial traders increasingly shun Venezuela, Nicol谩s Maduro’s socialist government has been increasingly turning to Iran.

In May, Maduro celebrated the arrival of five Iranian tankers delivering badly needed fuel to alleviate shortages that have led to days-long gas lines even in the capital, Caracas, which is normally spared such hardships.

Venezuelan Maduro expresses readiness to meet Donald Trump

Venezuelan Maduro expresses readiness to meet Donald Trump

In reaction to the Announcement by President Donald Trump, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. President, noting that any conversation between them should be based on respect.

Maduro, speaking to the  the Venezuelan AVN news agency said: “As I met Joe Biden, we talked long with a spirit of respect … I am ready to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump with respect when it is necessary.”

The Venezuelan president met US Vice President Joe Biden in 2015.  Maduro made the remarks, commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was ready to meet Maduro to discuss “giving up power in a peaceful manner.”

The Trump led US government does not consider Maduro a legitimate president of Venezuela, and accused him of involvement in the drug trade, and imposed sanctions on him and a number of senior Venezuelan officials and government agencies and companies.

Meanwhile, Venezuela cut ties with the United States in January 2019, following Washington’s recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as “interim president” of the country.


In reaction to the Announcement by President Donald Trump, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. President, noting that any conversation between them should be based on respect.

Maduro, speaking to the  the Venezuelan AVN news agency said: “As I met Joe Biden, we talked long with a spirit of respect … I am ready to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump with respect when it is necessary.”

The Venezuelan president met US Vice President Joe Biden in 2015.  Maduro made the remarks, commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was ready to meet Maduro to discuss “giving up power in a peaceful manner.”

The Trump led US government does not consider Maduro a legitimate president of Venezuela, and accused him of involvement in the drug trade, and imposed sanctions on him and a number of senior Venezuelan officials and government agencies and companies.

Meanwhile, Venezuela cut ties with the United States in January 2019, following Washington’s recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as “interim president” of the country.


Iranian Ambassador reveals Venezuela paid in full for its oil

Iranian Ambassador reveals Venezuela paid in full for its oil

The Iranian ambassador to Caracas, Hajjatullah Sultani, revealed that his country received the value of the gasoline fuel it supplied to Venezuela in full, Almasdar reported.
Sultani said in a press statement today, Wednesday, that the process of supplying gasoline to Venezuela was carried out in accordance with commercial controls and international laws, adding that the sums of the value of gasoline were paid in full.

Referring to the dysfunctional mechanisms used in the field of international trade, the Iranian ambassador said, “The most important aspect is that Venezuela and Iran have a special mechanism to pay the sums of exports and imports between them in full, and the example of this is the recent shipment of gasoline.”

Sultani praised in his tweet, the accompaniment and protection of the Iranian tankers by the Venezuelan Armed Forces, describing it as ” brave and worthy work.”

In another tweet, the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela criticized the policies of the United States and wrote: That committing the aggressive and rebellious American government to its responsibility towards international rules and treaties and respecting the freedom of maritime freedom and freedom of trade is the most important strategic impact of the arrival of fuel tankers in Venezuela. The United Nations has been waiting for this victory for many years, and they deserve it.”

The third Iranian tanker reportedly entered Venezuelan waters last night and later reached its intended destination in the Bolivarian Republic.
The Iranian ambassador to Caracas, Hajjatullah Sultani, revealed that his country received the value of the gasoline fuel it supplied to Venezuela in full, Almasdar reported.
Sultani said in a press statement today, Wednesday, that the process of supplying gasoline to Venezuela was carried out in accordance with commercial controls and international laws, adding that the sums of the value of gasoline were paid in full.

Referring to the dysfunctional mechanisms used in the field of international trade, the Iranian ambassador said, “The most important aspect is that Venezuela and Iran have a special mechanism to pay the sums of exports and imports between them in full, and the example of this is the recent shipment of gasoline.”

Sultani praised in his tweet, the accompaniment and protection of the Iranian tankers by the Venezuelan Armed Forces, describing it as ” brave and worthy work.”

In another tweet, the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela criticized the policies of the United States and wrote: That committing the aggressive and rebellious American government to its responsibility towards international rules and treaties and respecting the freedom of maritime freedom and freedom of trade is the most important strategic impact of the arrival of fuel tankers in Venezuela. The United Nations has been waiting for this victory for many years, and they deserve it.”

The third Iranian tanker reportedly entered Venezuelan waters last night and later reached its intended destination in the Bolivarian Republic.

How Venezuelan Navy protect Iranian tanker in western Atlantic - Video

How Venezuelan Navy protect Iranian tanker in western Atlantic - Video

Venezuelan Navy meets first of Iranian tankers FORTUNE



First Iranian oil tanker crosses into Venezuela's economic zone as the Venezuelan Navy rushed to escort the fuel tanker that was making its way through the Caribbean Sea to its intended destination within the Bolivarian Republic’s territory.

In a video that has been widely shared across YouTube and social media, the Venezuelan Navy can been escorting the Iranian fuel tanker, the ‘Fortune’, as it safely makes its way to a destination off the coast of Venezuela’s mainland.



The arrival of the Fortune on Saturday marked the first time that a large flotilla of Iranian fuel tankers have made the journey from the Islamic Republic to Venezuela. 

Another four tankers are expected to arrive in Venezuela in the next ten days as they complete this large transfer of fuel to the South American nation. 

Iran has been an important ally to Venezuela over the last few years, as the Islamic Republic has come to the aid of its South American ally in the face of a blockade imposed by the U.S. and its allies.

Venezuelan Navy meets first of Iranian tankers FORTUNE



First Iranian oil tanker crosses into Venezuela's economic zone as the Venezuelan Navy rushed to escort the fuel tanker that was making its way through the Caribbean Sea to its intended destination within the Bolivarian Republic’s territory.

In a video that has been widely shared across YouTube and social media, the Venezuelan Navy can been escorting the Iranian fuel tanker, the ‘Fortune’, as it safely makes its way to a destination off the coast of Venezuela’s mainland.



The arrival of the Fortune on Saturday marked the first time that a large flotilla of Iranian fuel tankers have made the journey from the Islamic Republic to Venezuela. 

Another four tankers are expected to arrive in Venezuela in the next ten days as they complete this large transfer of fuel to the South American nation. 

Iran has been an important ally to Venezuela over the last few years, as the Islamic Republic has come to the aid of its South American ally in the face of a blockade imposed by the U.S. and its allies.

Venezuelan Military to Escort Iranian Tankers as US considers taking action to block Iran’s fuel transport to Venezuela: report

Venezuelan Military to Escort Iranian Tankers as US considers taking action to block Iran’s fuel transport to Venezuela: report

5 Iranian tankers enter Atlantic en route to Venezuela


Amidst the latest reports of the U.S. mulling fresh sanctions and possibly blocking Iranian fuel exports to South American Nation, Venezuela’s military has said it will escort the five Iranian fuel tankers when they enter Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino revealed Wednesday.

Latest report indicated that the U.S. is mulling fresh sanctions and possibly blocking Iranian fuel exports to Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

According to the WSJ, the threats are being made in response to the five Iranian gasoline tankers that are sailing toward Venezuela – which the U.S. sees as a potential lifeline for Maduro’s government.

Padrino, in a state television interview, said the escort would “welcome them in and thank the Iranian people for their solidarity and cooperation,” Reuters reported. Padrino also said that the Venezuelan government had been in contact with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

Also, Iran has responded to these U.S. threats by warning Washington that they will defend their assets and retaliate to any incident.

“If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk and that will certainly not go without repercussion,” Iran’s Nour News Agency said, citing reports that US warships were en route to intercept the tankers in the Caribbean.

ALL five Iranian fuel tankers have entered the Atlantic waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar this week. According to the latest reports, the last Iranian fuel tankers in the Mediterranean Sea entered the Atlantic’s waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar over the last 24 hours.

These five tankers are expected to deliver much needed fuel to Venezuela, as they have been under a U.S.-led blockade that has effectively blocked resources and economic aid from reaching the Bolivarian Republic.

At the same time, the U.S. Navy has recently increased their presence in the Caribbean Sea, with reports of the U.S.S. Detroit group heading towards the equator to continue their mission to stop drug trafficking.

It’s still not clear if the U.S. will intercept these Iranian vessels; however, both countries have sent one another warnings over the last 72 hours.

Separately, an unnamed military source told the ISNA news agency that the US navy’s fresh warning for vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to stay at least 100 meters away from its ships would not affect Iran’s navigation in the region.

Iran’s Minister of Defense already sent a clear warning to the U.S. on Wednesday, warning them that they will respond to any threat to their boats.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi on Sunday also warned that “the US itself will have to suffer repercussions that arise out of any unthinking measure [that it could take]” against Venezuela-bound Iranian fuel tankers.

“Should the Americans take any measure against our vessels’ free and legal movement around, they would face our decisive response,” Mousavi told reporters in Tehran.


Source: (Sputnik, IRNA, WSJ, Almasdar, and Reuters)

5 Iranian tankers enter Atlantic en route to Venezuela


Amidst the latest reports of the U.S. mulling fresh sanctions and possibly blocking Iranian fuel exports to South American Nation, Venezuela’s military has said it will escort the five Iranian fuel tankers when they enter Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino revealed Wednesday.

Latest report indicated that the U.S. is mulling fresh sanctions and possibly blocking Iranian fuel exports to Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

According to the WSJ, the threats are being made in response to the five Iranian gasoline tankers that are sailing toward Venezuela – which the U.S. sees as a potential lifeline for Maduro’s government.

Padrino, in a state television interview, said the escort would “welcome them in and thank the Iranian people for their solidarity and cooperation,” Reuters reported. Padrino also said that the Venezuelan government had been in contact with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

Also, Iran has responded to these U.S. threats by warning Washington that they will defend their assets and retaliate to any incident.

“If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk and that will certainly not go without repercussion,” Iran’s Nour News Agency said, citing reports that US warships were en route to intercept the tankers in the Caribbean.

ALL five Iranian fuel tankers have entered the Atlantic waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar this week. According to the latest reports, the last Iranian fuel tankers in the Mediterranean Sea entered the Atlantic’s waters after sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar over the last 24 hours.

These five tankers are expected to deliver much needed fuel to Venezuela, as they have been under a U.S.-led blockade that has effectively blocked resources and economic aid from reaching the Bolivarian Republic.

At the same time, the U.S. Navy has recently increased their presence in the Caribbean Sea, with reports of the U.S.S. Detroit group heading towards the equator to continue their mission to stop drug trafficking.

It’s still not clear if the U.S. will intercept these Iranian vessels; however, both countries have sent one another warnings over the last 72 hours.

Separately, an unnamed military source told the ISNA news agency that the US navy’s fresh warning for vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to stay at least 100 meters away from its ships would not affect Iran’s navigation in the region.

Iran’s Minister of Defense already sent a clear warning to the U.S. on Wednesday, warning them that they will respond to any threat to their boats.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi on Sunday also warned that “the US itself will have to suffer repercussions that arise out of any unthinking measure [that it could take]” against Venezuela-bound Iranian fuel tankers.

“Should the Americans take any measure against our vessels’ free and legal movement around, they would face our decisive response,” Mousavi told reporters in Tehran.


Source: (Sputnik, IRNA, WSJ, Almasdar, and Reuters)

Tehran warns Washington to stay away from tankers going to Venezuela

Tehran warns Washington to stay away from tankers going to Venezuela

Authorities in Tehran has warned Washington to stay away from Iranian tankers going to Venezuela, just as the Iranian Noor New Agency reported on Friday that any U.S. attempt to disrupt an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela will have face repercussions.

“In the early hours of Saturday morning, local time, in response to reports that American warships were sailing towards the Caribbean, the United States intends, like pirates, to create insecurity in international waterways. It will create a serious risk and will certainly not pass without repercussions,” the Noor Agency said, as quoted by Reuters in an exclusive report .

A senior official in the Trump administration said that the United States is considering measures it could take in response to a fuel shipment that Iran sent to crisis-ridden Venezuela. The official, who asked not to be named, said that Washington is “with a great degree of certainty” that the government of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro pays Iran with tons of gold.

According to ship tracking data from Revitalive Icon, at least one tanker loaded with fuel sailed from an Iranian port towards Venezuela, which could help the country alleviate its severe shortages.

It is worth noting that the Iranian ambassador to Caracas Hajjahullah Sultani has denied the authenticity of some Western media reports about the transportation of 9 tons of gold from Venezuela to Iran. He described the recent Bloomberg allegations that Venezuela had transferred 9 tons of gold to Iran in exchange for its help to revive gasoline refineries as rumors.

Sultani said: “I deny the validity of what has been reported … This is a baseless rumor. In fact, it is a media trap that is being spread and is a totally false allegation.”

Iran and Venezuela are both under the Trump administration's severe economic sanctions aiming at crippling the duo.
Authorities in Tehran has warned Washington to stay away from Iranian tankers going to Venezuela, just as the Iranian Noor New Agency reported on Friday that any U.S. attempt to disrupt an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela will have face repercussions.

“In the early hours of Saturday morning, local time, in response to reports that American warships were sailing towards the Caribbean, the United States intends, like pirates, to create insecurity in international waterways. It will create a serious risk and will certainly not pass without repercussions,” the Noor Agency said, as quoted by Reuters in an exclusive report .

A senior official in the Trump administration said that the United States is considering measures it could take in response to a fuel shipment that Iran sent to crisis-ridden Venezuela. The official, who asked not to be named, said that Washington is “with a great degree of certainty” that the government of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro pays Iran with tons of gold.

According to ship tracking data from Revitalive Icon, at least one tanker loaded with fuel sailed from an Iranian port towards Venezuela, which could help the country alleviate its severe shortages.

It is worth noting that the Iranian ambassador to Caracas Hajjahullah Sultani has denied the authenticity of some Western media reports about the transportation of 9 tons of gold from Venezuela to Iran. He described the recent Bloomberg allegations that Venezuela had transferred 9 tons of gold to Iran in exchange for its help to revive gasoline refineries as rumors.

Sultani said: “I deny the validity of what has been reported … This is a baseless rumor. In fact, it is a media trap that is being spread and is a totally false allegation.”

Iran and Venezuela are both under the Trump administration's severe economic sanctions aiming at crippling the duo.

Venezuelan forces seize another ‘8 mercenaries’ attempting to invade from Colombia

Venezuelan forces seize another ‘8 mercenaries’ attempting to invade from Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
The leadership of the Venezuelan Army stated that eight mercenaries who had infiltrated the country from Colombia were arrested with the aim of toppling the government and assassinating President Nicholas Maduro.

“Maritime units were able to discover and detain eight mercenary terrorists in the evening,” the Venezuelan Army said in a statement on Monday. The Venezuelan authorities have indicated that, to date, a total of 45 mercenaries have been arrested in the “attempted invasion.” Among the detainees were two U.S. citizens, whose official documents were shown on Venezuelan television.

During their interrogation, a captured U.S. mercenary said that he and his companions had to control the airport in order for Maduro to be transferred from there to the United States.

Earlier, the Venezuelan National Armed Forces said that they had discovered three boats of the Colombian Navy carrying weapons while moored on the Venezuelan coast.

Prior to that, the Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Riverol said, in a televised speech: “On May 3, a group of mercenary terrorists from Colombia attempted to carry out an invasion by sea with the aim of launching terrorist attacks in the country and assassinating leaders of the Venezuelan government … and carrying out a coup against power.”

To date, the U.S. authorities have denied having any role in these attempted incursions, while the Venezuelan government has repeatedly accused of Washington of orchestrating these coups.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
The leadership of the Venezuelan Army stated that eight mercenaries who had infiltrated the country from Colombia were arrested with the aim of toppling the government and assassinating President Nicholas Maduro.

“Maritime units were able to discover and detain eight mercenary terrorists in the evening,” the Venezuelan Army said in a statement on Monday. The Venezuelan authorities have indicated that, to date, a total of 45 mercenaries have been arrested in the “attempted invasion.” Among the detainees were two U.S. citizens, whose official documents were shown on Venezuelan television.

During their interrogation, a captured U.S. mercenary said that he and his companions had to control the airport in order for Maduro to be transferred from there to the United States.

Earlier, the Venezuelan National Armed Forces said that they had discovered three boats of the Colombian Navy carrying weapons while moored on the Venezuelan coast.

Prior to that, the Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Riverol said, in a televised speech: “On May 3, a group of mercenary terrorists from Colombia attempted to carry out an invasion by sea with the aim of launching terrorist attacks in the country and assassinating leaders of the Venezuelan government … and carrying out a coup against power.”

To date, the U.S. authorities have denied having any role in these attempted incursions, while the Venezuelan government has repeatedly accused of Washington of orchestrating these coups.

Venezuelan to make an official complaint to UN as troops seizes 3 Colombian naval combat boats, Weapons

Venezuelan to make an official complaint to UN as troops seizes 3 Colombian naval combat boats, Weapons

The Venezuelan Armed Forces on Saturday seized three Colombian naval combac boats and weapons that were abandoned inside of the Bolivarian Republic, indicating that some people managed to reach shore.

Venezuelan Armed Forces said their troops found the Colombian naval boats abandoned in the Chorro El Mono area of the Orinoco River, which is located in the Bolivar State. “The unmanned ships are Boston Wheeler model speedboats, each with two Evinrude brand 175 HP engines, armed with 50mm and M60 caliber machine guns, and their respective ammunition,” the FANB informed.

“All this material is in custody… The Public Ministry and other Venezuelan institutions carry out the corresponding investigations.”

The boats are thought to have belonged to some mercenaries who managed to reach Venezuelan territory after sailing from Colombian waters. “The patrol and search work continues throughout the national territory, as part of the operation Bolivarian Shield so as to guarantee the Nation’s freedom, sovereignty, and independence,” Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez explained.

This latest incident comes just days after the Venezuelan Armed Forces arrested two naval incursions on two separate days near the Colombian border.  Among those arrested by the Venezuelan Armed Forces were two ex-U.S. soldiers, who later confessed to working for the security firm, Silvercorp.

According to a preliminary investigation the boats were dragged away by strong river currents, Colombia’s Navy said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. Colombia’s Navy said it is talking with its counterparts in Venezuela to recover the boats.

In televised comments Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the military would return the boats if the Colombian government made an official request for them. Adding that Venezuela will make an official complaint to the United Nations accusing Colombia and the United States of violating international law for the failed invasion attempt, Maduro added.

Maduro had on Wednesday accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of enabling the operation, which Duque denied.
The Venezuelan Armed Forces on Saturday seized three Colombian naval combac boats and weapons that were abandoned inside of the Bolivarian Republic, indicating that some people managed to reach shore.

Venezuelan Armed Forces said their troops found the Colombian naval boats abandoned in the Chorro El Mono area of the Orinoco River, which is located in the Bolivar State. “The unmanned ships are Boston Wheeler model speedboats, each with two Evinrude brand 175 HP engines, armed with 50mm and M60 caliber machine guns, and their respective ammunition,” the FANB informed.

“All this material is in custody… The Public Ministry and other Venezuelan institutions carry out the corresponding investigations.”

The boats are thought to have belonged to some mercenaries who managed to reach Venezuelan territory after sailing from Colombian waters. “The patrol and search work continues throughout the national territory, as part of the operation Bolivarian Shield so as to guarantee the Nation’s freedom, sovereignty, and independence,” Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino Lopez explained.

This latest incident comes just days after the Venezuelan Armed Forces arrested two naval incursions on two separate days near the Colombian border.  Among those arrested by the Venezuelan Armed Forces were two ex-U.S. soldiers, who later confessed to working for the security firm, Silvercorp.

According to a preliminary investigation the boats were dragged away by strong river currents, Colombia’s Navy said in a statement, as reported by Reuters. Colombia’s Navy said it is talking with its counterparts in Venezuela to recover the boats.

In televised comments Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the military would return the boats if the Colombian government made an official request for them. Adding that Venezuela will make an official complaint to the United Nations accusing Colombia and the United States of violating international law for the failed invasion attempt, Maduro added.

Maduro had on Wednesday accused Colombian President Ivan Duque of enabling the operation, which Duque denied.

President Trump says he would send ‘an army’ to overthrow Maduro not ‘a little rogue group’

President Trump says he would send ‘an army’ to overthrow Maduro not ‘a little rogue group’

United State President Donald Trump has denied reports he was behind the recent naval incursion by a mercenary group that resulted in two ex-U.S. soldiers being arrested by the Venezuelan authorities. In an interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning, Trump said he had nothing to with the coup attempt, pointing out that he wouldn’t make it a secret.

“We have nothing to do with it. If I wanted to go into Venezuela, I wouldn’t make a secret about it,” Trump said. “I’d go in, I’d go in and they would do nothing about it, they would roll over,” he said, adding, “I wouldn’t send a small little group — it would be called an army.”

Trump called the mercenaries a “rogue group” that was made up of a lot of Venezuelans and people from other countries. “I don’t know too much about it. This was a rogue group that went in there, a lot of Venezuelans, I think people from other countries also,” Trump said.

“I saw their pictures on a beach. It wasn’t led by General George Washington, obviously, this was not a good attack. I think they were caught before they ever hit land but I know nothing about it, I say that the government has nothing to do with it at all,” he added.
United State President Donald Trump has denied reports he was behind the recent naval incursion by a mercenary group that resulted in two ex-U.S. soldiers being arrested by the Venezuelan authorities. In an interview with Fox and Friends on Friday morning, Trump said he had nothing to with the coup attempt, pointing out that he wouldn’t make it a secret.

“We have nothing to do with it. If I wanted to go into Venezuela, I wouldn’t make a secret about it,” Trump said. “I’d go in, I’d go in and they would do nothing about it, they would roll over,” he said, adding, “I wouldn’t send a small little group — it would be called an army.”

Trump called the mercenaries a “rogue group” that was made up of a lot of Venezuelans and people from other countries. “I don’t know too much about it. This was a rogue group that went in there, a lot of Venezuelans, I think people from other countries also,” Trump said.

“I saw their pictures on a beach. It wasn’t led by General George Washington, obviously, this was not a good attack. I think they were caught before they ever hit land but I know nothing about it, I say that the government has nothing to do with it at all,” he added.

Venezuelan Juan Guaido signed $213 million contract with US Silvercorp group to topple Maduro: report

Venezuelan Juan Guaido signed $213 million contract with US Silvercorp group to topple Maduro: report

The leaked document bears the signatures of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, and his advisor, Juan Rendon, and the opposition Venezuelan parliamentarian, Sergio Vergara, on the one hand, and the head of the U.S. Security Police, a former member of the U.S. Special Forces, Jordan Goudreau, on the one hand


 Juan Guaido
An American newspaper, Washington Post in a new report revealed there was talks between the Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido and the private American security company, Silvercorp, to topple Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

The newspaper in a 42-page document published on Thursday, which is a contract between the security company and the Venezuelan opposition to “provide services” worth $213 million, which the two parties discussed last October. “Service Provider Advisors will advise and assist Partner Group in planning and executing an operation to capture/detain/remove Nicolas Maduro (heretoafter ‘Primary Objective’), remove the current Regime, and install the recognised Venezuelan [self-proclaimed] President Juan Guaido”, the 42-page document said.

The document bears the signatures of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, and his advisor, Juan Rendon, and the opposition Venezuelan parliamentarian, Sergio Vergara, on the one hand, and the head of the U.S. Security Police, a former member of the U.S. Special Forces, Jordan Goudreau, on the one hand.
"These funds will be for the purchase of communication, planning equipment and travel. The estimated total project cost will be 212,900,000.00 USD for 495 days," the document read.

Guaido’s press office did not comment on the published document, while Juan Rendon said in an interview with CNN that the deal with the American company had not been completed, and that Silvercorp had undertaken a “failed suicide operation” in the absence of support from Guaido.

The “Justice First” party, and the “popular will” to which Guaido belongs, published a joint statement Thursday, stating that “democratic forces do not support or finance militias, violence, or paramilitary groups.”

On Wednesday, Venezuelan state television broadcast the statements of two members of the aforementioned security company, who were arrested along with more than 10 others who participated in the operation, which was foiled last Sunday, in which they confessed that the operation was aimed at kidnapping Maduro and transferring him to the United States.

Silvercorp claimed responsibility for the operation, but Juan Guaido denied his relationship with it and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied any “direct official relationship” to the U.S. authorities in this process, while Maduro accused President Donald Trump and Pompeo and Colombia President Evan Duque of being behind the attempt to topple him.

Maduro said on Monday that the maritime invasion was "a terrorist attack during a pandemic", and that his administration had evidence that the arrested militants had been trained in neighboring Colombia in an operation funded by Bogota and Washington in an attempt to murder him. The Colombian government has, however, denied the accusations, descriving them as an effort to drive attention away from the ongoing internal turmoil in Venezuela.

Venezuela has been mired in an ongoing political crisis since early January 2019 when Juan Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-led National Assembly that all other government branches have refused to recognise since 2016.

In mid-January 2019, two days after the Venezuelan Supreme Court annulled his election, Guaido proclaimed himself interim president challenging legitimate President Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term on 10 January.

Guaido's move was immediately recognised by Washington, with other countries around the world following suit, while Maduro slammed the opposition leader as a US "puppet", and described the entire situation as a coup attempt staged by the United States.
The leaked document bears the signatures of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, and his advisor, Juan Rendon, and the opposition Venezuelan parliamentarian, Sergio Vergara, on the one hand, and the head of the U.S. Security Police, a former member of the U.S. Special Forces, Jordan Goudreau, on the one hand


 Juan Guaido
An American newspaper, Washington Post in a new report revealed there was talks between the Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido and the private American security company, Silvercorp, to topple Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

The newspaper in a 42-page document published on Thursday, which is a contract between the security company and the Venezuelan opposition to “provide services” worth $213 million, which the two parties discussed last October. “Service Provider Advisors will advise and assist Partner Group in planning and executing an operation to capture/detain/remove Nicolas Maduro (heretoafter ‘Primary Objective’), remove the current Regime, and install the recognised Venezuelan [self-proclaimed] President Juan Guaido”, the 42-page document said.

The document bears the signatures of the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaido, and his advisor, Juan Rendon, and the opposition Venezuelan parliamentarian, Sergio Vergara, on the one hand, and the head of the U.S. Security Police, a former member of the U.S. Special Forces, Jordan Goudreau, on the one hand.
"These funds will be for the purchase of communication, planning equipment and travel. The estimated total project cost will be 212,900,000.00 USD for 495 days," the document read.

Guaido’s press office did not comment on the published document, while Juan Rendon said in an interview with CNN that the deal with the American company had not been completed, and that Silvercorp had undertaken a “failed suicide operation” in the absence of support from Guaido.

The “Justice First” party, and the “popular will” to which Guaido belongs, published a joint statement Thursday, stating that “democratic forces do not support or finance militias, violence, or paramilitary groups.”

On Wednesday, Venezuelan state television broadcast the statements of two members of the aforementioned security company, who were arrested along with more than 10 others who participated in the operation, which was foiled last Sunday, in which they confessed that the operation was aimed at kidnapping Maduro and transferring him to the United States.

Silvercorp claimed responsibility for the operation, but Juan Guaido denied his relationship with it and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied any “direct official relationship” to the U.S. authorities in this process, while Maduro accused President Donald Trump and Pompeo and Colombia President Evan Duque of being behind the attempt to topple him.

Maduro said on Monday that the maritime invasion was "a terrorist attack during a pandemic", and that his administration had evidence that the arrested militants had been trained in neighboring Colombia in an operation funded by Bogota and Washington in an attempt to murder him. The Colombian government has, however, denied the accusations, descriving them as an effort to drive attention away from the ongoing internal turmoil in Venezuela.

Venezuela has been mired in an ongoing political crisis since early January 2019 when Juan Guaido was elected the head of the opposition-led National Assembly that all other government branches have refused to recognise since 2016.

In mid-January 2019, two days after the Venezuelan Supreme Court annulled his election, Guaido proclaimed himself interim president challenging legitimate President Maduro, who was sworn in for a second term on 10 January.

Guaido's move was immediately recognised by Washington, with other countries around the world following suit, while Maduro slammed the opposition leader as a US "puppet", and described the entire situation as a coup attempt staged by the United States.

RT correspondent receives threats from US mercenary group in Venezuela

RT correspondent receives threats from US mercenary group in Venezuela

Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol
The RT broadcaster reported that its correspondent in Venezuela, Erika Ortega Sanoja, had received threats after posting tweets about US mercenaries and an invasion of the Latin American nation.

On Sunday, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said an invasion of Colombian militants had been diverted on the sea as they tried to approach the northern state of La Guaira on speed boats early in the morning. Eight militants were killed, and several others were detained in the counter-operation.

One of the detained individuals, US national Luke Denman, who works for the Silvercorp private security company, said during an interrogation that the group’s aim was to seize the Caracas airport and control it until Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is flown to the United States.

The US government has denied having any connections to the mercenaries.

RT reported on late Wednesday that Ortega had posted tweets about the US-sponsored invasion of Venezuela as well as its links to Silvercorp, and after that received threats from the Silvercorp USA Twitter account.

The United States has recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela since last January. He heads a self-proclaimed government in exile based in Bogota.

Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States and Guaido of collaborating to overthrow his government to seize the country’s natural resources.



Source: Sputnik
Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol
The RT broadcaster reported that its correspondent in Venezuela, Erika Ortega Sanoja, had received threats after posting tweets about US mercenaries and an invasion of the Latin American nation.

On Sunday, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said an invasion of Colombian militants had been diverted on the sea as they tried to approach the northern state of La Guaira on speed boats early in the morning. Eight militants were killed, and several others were detained in the counter-operation.

One of the detained individuals, US national Luke Denman, who works for the Silvercorp private security company, said during an interrogation that the group’s aim was to seize the Caracas airport and control it until Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is flown to the United States.

The US government has denied having any connections to the mercenaries.

RT reported on late Wednesday that Ortega had posted tweets about the US-sponsored invasion of Venezuela as well as its links to Silvercorp, and after that received threats from the Silvercorp USA Twitter account.

The United States has recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela since last January. He heads a self-proclaimed government in exile based in Bogota.

Maduro has repeatedly accused the United States and Guaido of collaborating to overthrow his government to seize the country’s natural resources.



Source: Sputnik

We can't buy Washington's lies, Moscow calls US claims it had nothing to with Venezuela raid 'unconvincing'

We can't buy Washington's lies, Moscow calls US claims it had nothing to with Venezuela raid 'unconvincing'

Russian Putin,  Venezuelan Maduro
Moscow doesn’t buy Washington’s claims it had nothing to do with the incursion into Venezuela, as a video emerged of a detained US mercenary confessing the operation was aimed at delivering President Nicolas Maduro to America.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that it was “alarmed” by the news of foreign mercenaries, including those with links to the US special services, attempting to land in Venezuela. Considering Washington's “obsession” with deposing Maduro and statements that “all options are on the table” in order to achieve this goal, President Donald Trump's words that the US had nothing to do with the failed incursion “sound unconvincing,” the ministry pointed out in a statement on Facebook.

The move against the Latin American state deserved even more condemnation as it was performed against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which poses a major threat to Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry added.

Moscow again underlined its eagerness to do “everything that's needed” for the people of Venezuela to be able to decide the fate of their country on their own, and that all sides, including those supporting Washington’s prot茅g茅 Juan Guaido, should sit at the negotiating table.

Former members of the US special operations forces, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, employed by the Florida-based security firm Silvercorp, were detained by the Venezuelan military. They were captured as part of a group of mercenaries who tried to reach the country’s shores in a speedboat on Monday. Venezuelan authorities said the operation was part of a coup attempt aimed at assassinating Maduro.

In an interrogation tape released on Wednesday, Denman confessed that his goal in Venezuela was to gain control of an airport so that kidnapped Maduro could be put on a plane and taken to the US.

“It has nothing to do with our government,” Trump insisted on Tuesday. His administration has said many times that it wanted Maduro removed from power, however, promising a bounty of $15 million for the information that would lead to the arrest of Venezuela’s socialist leader. Washington was also the first to recognize and actively support his main rival, Juan Guaido.

In a speech late last year, Trump himself said that “all options are on the table” for Venezuela, including a military scenario.


Source: RT
Russian Putin,  Venezuelan Maduro
Moscow doesn’t buy Washington’s claims it had nothing to do with the incursion into Venezuela, as a video emerged of a detained US mercenary confessing the operation was aimed at delivering President Nicolas Maduro to America.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said that it was “alarmed” by the news of foreign mercenaries, including those with links to the US special services, attempting to land in Venezuela. Considering Washington's “obsession” with deposing Maduro and statements that “all options are on the table” in order to achieve this goal, President Donald Trump's words that the US had nothing to do with the failed incursion “sound unconvincing,” the ministry pointed out in a statement on Facebook.

The move against the Latin American state deserved even more condemnation as it was performed against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which poses a major threat to Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry added.

Moscow again underlined its eagerness to do “everything that's needed” for the people of Venezuela to be able to decide the fate of their country on their own, and that all sides, including those supporting Washington’s prot茅g茅 Juan Guaido, should sit at the negotiating table.

Former members of the US special operations forces, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, employed by the Florida-based security firm Silvercorp, were detained by the Venezuelan military. They were captured as part of a group of mercenaries who tried to reach the country’s shores in a speedboat on Monday. Venezuelan authorities said the operation was part of a coup attempt aimed at assassinating Maduro.

In an interrogation tape released on Wednesday, Denman confessed that his goal in Venezuela was to gain control of an airport so that kidnapped Maduro could be put on a plane and taken to the US.

“It has nothing to do with our government,” Trump insisted on Tuesday. His administration has said many times that it wanted Maduro removed from power, however, promising a bounty of $15 million for the information that would lead to the arrest of Venezuela’s socialist leader. Washington was also the first to recognize and actively support his main rival, Juan Guaido.

In a speech late last year, Trump himself said that “all options are on the table” for Venezuela, including a military scenario.


Source: RT

President Trump denies Washington role in Venezuelan ‘invasion’ after 2 US mercenaries nabbed in botched assassination plan

President Trump denies Washington role in Venezuelan ‘invasion’ after 2 US mercenaries nabbed in botched assassination plan

US President Donald Trump has denied his administration was involved in what Venezuela called a plot to kill its president. Two Americans were arrested after they attempted to reach the county by sea.

“It has nothing to do with our government,” Trump insisted on Tuesday, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that 13 terrorist tried to invade the country from Colombia and "two Americans from Donald Trump's security team were in the raiding group."

Among the thirteen men arrested during the failed invasion were two American mercenaries, identified as Luke Denman and Airan Berry. Both allegedly carried ID cards marking them as employees of Florida-based security services firm Silvercorp. The company’s owner confirmed to several news agencies that “those are my guys,” and Denman’s mother confirmed to CNN that her son was missing.

Venezuelan authorities nabbed the infiltrators on Sunday morning, along with a sizable cache of machine guns, military rifles and ammunition. A $212 million contract leaked online indicated the mercenaries were hired by the self-styled 'interim president' Juan Guaido, and while its authenticity has not been verified, the US-backed opposition figure has called for Maduro’s government to respect the “human rights… of the people captured.”

The invaders attempted to reach the Venezuelan port of La Guaira via speedboat but were intercepted in what appears to be a joint operation by the Venezuelan National Guard, police, and military counterintelligence.

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry has denied any involvement in the failed invasion, accusing the Maduro government of “look[ing] for distractions abroad in times of domestic crisis.”

The US State Department denounced a “disinformation campaign” by Maduro’s “regime” that made it difficult to separate facts from propaganda about the incident, saying it would look closely at the role of Caracas and Cuban intelligence in the entire “melodrama.”

The US has blamed Cuba and Russia for "propping up" Maduro, after Guaido's repeated failures to seize power in Caracas since Washington recognized his claim in January 2019.

Maduro had fingered the two American invaders as members of Trump's own “security team.” However, a former business partner at Silvercorp claimed that while the mercenary firm’s owner had been introduced to Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller, Schiller had cut off contact with him after finding him naive and afflicted by delusions of grandeur.



Source: RT
US President Donald Trump has denied his administration was involved in what Venezuela called a plot to kill its president. Two Americans were arrested after they attempted to reach the county by sea.

“It has nothing to do with our government,” Trump insisted on Tuesday, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that 13 terrorist tried to invade the country from Colombia and "two Americans from Donald Trump's security team were in the raiding group."

Among the thirteen men arrested during the failed invasion were two American mercenaries, identified as Luke Denman and Airan Berry. Both allegedly carried ID cards marking them as employees of Florida-based security services firm Silvercorp. The company’s owner confirmed to several news agencies that “those are my guys,” and Denman’s mother confirmed to CNN that her son was missing.

Venezuelan authorities nabbed the infiltrators on Sunday morning, along with a sizable cache of machine guns, military rifles and ammunition. A $212 million contract leaked online indicated the mercenaries were hired by the self-styled 'interim president' Juan Guaido, and while its authenticity has not been verified, the US-backed opposition figure has called for Maduro’s government to respect the “human rights… of the people captured.”

The invaders attempted to reach the Venezuelan port of La Guaira via speedboat but were intercepted in what appears to be a joint operation by the Venezuelan National Guard, police, and military counterintelligence.

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry has denied any involvement in the failed invasion, accusing the Maduro government of “look[ing] for distractions abroad in times of domestic crisis.”

The US State Department denounced a “disinformation campaign” by Maduro’s “regime” that made it difficult to separate facts from propaganda about the incident, saying it would look closely at the role of Caracas and Cuban intelligence in the entire “melodrama.”

The US has blamed Cuba and Russia for "propping up" Maduro, after Guaido's repeated failures to seize power in Caracas since Washington recognized his claim in January 2019.

Maduro had fingered the two American invaders as members of Trump's own “security team.” However, a former business partner at Silvercorp claimed that while the mercenary firm’s owner had been introduced to Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller, Schiller had cut off contact with him after finding him naive and afflicted by delusions of grandeur.



Source: RT

Venezuelan Army foils another naval invasion from Colombia

Venezuelan Army foils another naval invasion from Colombia

For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Venezuelan military has foiled a naval invasion from Colombia. According to preliminary reports, the Venezuelan military confronted eight militants trying to infiltrate into Chuao; this resulted in a short fire exchange.

The Venezuelan military managed to arrest several of the militants, while also seizing their weapons.


Roman Camacho
✔@RCamachoVzla
#Aragua Fue interceptada otra embarcaci贸n intentando entrar por Chuao. De manera extraoficial, se pudo conocer que 8 personas fueron detenidas.

This is the second attempted infiltration by an unknown group of anti-government militants in the last 24 hours.
For the second time in the last 24 hours, the Venezuelan military has foiled a naval invasion from Colombia. According to preliminary reports, the Venezuelan military confronted eight militants trying to infiltrate into Chuao; this resulted in a short fire exchange.

The Venezuelan military managed to arrest several of the militants, while also seizing their weapons.


Roman Camacho
✔@RCamachoVzla
#Aragua Fue interceptada otra embarcaci贸n intentando entrar por Chuao. De manera extraoficial, se pudo conocer que 8 personas fueron detenidas.

This is the second attempted infiltration by an unknown group of anti-government militants in the last 24 hours.

‘Invasion by sea’: Venezuela thwarts ‘mercenary’ infiltration attempt from Colombia

‘Invasion by sea’: Venezuela thwarts ‘mercenary’ infiltration attempt from Colombia

Venezuelan authorities said they have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the Latin American nation by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials, RT reported.

In a televised address on Sunday, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said a group of mercenaries  tried to infiltrate Venezuela’s major port of La Guaira, located just north of the nation’s capital of Caracas. 

The incident, which the minister called “an invasion by sea,” was part of preparations for another coup attempt, he added.

Julio Riob贸 [email protected]
Video Declaraciones del Ministro @NestorLReverol quien inform贸 que fue frustrada una incursi贸n de terroristas por v铆a Mar铆tima en Macuto estado La Guaira. En el hecho hay abatidos y capturados.

The militants sought to reach Venezuelan shores on speedboats but were intercepted by the police, National Guard and military counterintelligence units. 

According to the minister, “several” of the mercenaries were killed, while others were captured. He refused to reveal any more details about the operation, but he said it was still ongoing and did not rule out “more arrests.”

Local media reported that at least eight militants were reportedly killed in the operation, while two more were detained. The security forces also seized an arsenal of assault rifles. 

Reverol denounced the “invasion” as another desperate attempt by foreign imperialists to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

 He did not accuse any particular nation of orchestrating the incursion, but said the militants came from Colombia.




The incident comes around a year after a failed military coup attempt led by the Venezuelan opposition headed by Juan Guaido, a lawmaker who declared himself ‘interim president’ months prior and has been actively supported by the US and its allies ever since.
Venezuelan authorities said they have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the Latin American nation by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials, RT reported.

In a televised address on Sunday, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said a group of mercenaries  tried to infiltrate Venezuela’s major port of La Guaira, located just north of the nation’s capital of Caracas. 

The incident, which the minister called “an invasion by sea,” was part of preparations for another coup attempt, he added.

Julio Riob贸 [email protected]
Video Declaraciones del Ministro @NestorLReverol quien inform贸 que fue frustrada una incursi贸n de terroristas por v铆a Mar铆tima en Macuto estado La Guaira. En el hecho hay abatidos y capturados.

The militants sought to reach Venezuelan shores on speedboats but were intercepted by the police, National Guard and military counterintelligence units. 

According to the minister, “several” of the mercenaries were killed, while others were captured. He refused to reveal any more details about the operation, but he said it was still ongoing and did not rule out “more arrests.”

Local media reported that at least eight militants were reportedly killed in the operation, while two more were detained. The security forces also seized an arsenal of assault rifles. 

Reverol denounced the “invasion” as another desperate attempt by foreign imperialists to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

 He did not accuse any particular nation of orchestrating the incursion, but said the militants came from Colombia.




The incident comes around a year after a failed military coup attempt led by the Venezuelan opposition headed by Juan Guaido, a lawmaker who declared himself ‘interim president’ months prior and has been actively supported by the US and its allies ever since.

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