TEHRAN (defapress)- Washington’s use of military force against Caracas may be a real scenario, rather than just an abstraction, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.
News ID: 76886
Publish Date: 18April 2019 - 19:32
"Every day we more often hear from the United States that a military scenario could be used against Venezuela," Zakharova said, according to TASS.
In this context, she criticized a recent interview with Foreign Policy magazine of Adm. Craig Faller, who heads the US Southern Command.
"His tough and aggressive tone once again confirms our fears that the US military operation in Venezuela is not just an abstraction, but a reality, which Washington admits," the diplomat noted.
In his interview, Faller stated that the military was ‘on the balls of our feet’ awaiting instruction from Donald Trump’s administration on military intervention in Venezuela.
The United States continues to ignore the principle of non-use of force, Zakharova added, RIA Novosti reported.
According to Zakharova, "every day we increasingly hear about the likelihood of the use of the power scenario against Venezuela. It is done with a different tone, it is done with different arguments, it changes like cubes in a game, but this does not change the essence — aggressive rhetoric regarding a sovereign state."
"High representatives of President's Trump administration no longer simply demand that President [Nicloas] Maduro leave his legal office, now there are passages that he must leave before the end of the year, and if this ultimatum is not fulfilled, force might be used," she stressed.
Recently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that every single tool for what he described as US efforts "to restore democracy" in Venezuela remains on the table. He confirmed that military intervention is still an option amid the ongoing political crisis.