Washington is losing its weight in the international arena, which is why it is targeting Russia and Venezuela, in addition to attempting to curtail China’s growth, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT’s Spanish-language channel in an exclusive interview.
In March, the U.S. declared Venezuela a threat to its national security, however Maduro said that his nation found great support in Latin America after the U.S. “attack”, which forced Washington to backpedal on its pressure.
“All those countries stood against it even before the Summit of Americas started exactly a month ago and demanded that [U.S. President] Barack Obama repeal the executive order that declared Venezuela a threat. It was very convincing,” he said. “President Obama realized that Venezuela was not alone, that it would have help and support. We were united in our multiplicity.”
Maduro, who has continued a policy of opposing the influence of the U.S. in Latin America that his predecessor Hugo Chavez started, believes that Washington is unnerved by the growth of political and economic power in the countries that it does not control.
“The U.S. see they are losing influence and it makes them target countries like Russia to find a way to stop them. The U.S. creates barriers and problems for such countries. They try to hamper their natural development. So they continue their attacks on peaceful countries like Venezuela and oppose the development of powerful nations like China,” he said.
According to Maduro, nations can successfully withstand U.S. pressure with enough determination, as evidenced by the example of Cuba. After decades of economic blockade and sanctions, Washington sought reengagement with the Caribbean nation.
“Barack Obama was brave enough to admit in his December 17 speech that the blockade and oppression of Cuba failed. But he was also speaking from an imperialist point of view… Now they are trying to influence Cuba,” he said.
“I am certain that, sooner rather than later, the U.S. will go the way the British empire did 70 years ago. It used to be a powerful empire that ruled entire regions of Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa for 300 years. They ruled the world. But then they had to adopt to new historic circumstances,” Maduro said. “We believe the same thing will happen to America and that they would have to go through a series of conflicts.”
Maduro is sure Europeans are hurting themselves again by alienating Russia, which now turns towards Asia for strategic partnership. The Venezuelan leader was among those who visited Russia this weekend to participate in V-Day commemorations.
“I arrived here with a good purpose, to be with the Russian people in this hour of great challenges. I am certain that peace will prevail,” Maduro told RT.
While leaders of countries like China, India, Vietnam, Serbia, and Cuba came to Moscow for the occasion, many European leaders allied with the U.S. chose to reject their invitations. Maduro says they succumbed to pettiness.
“It was probably a case of short-sightedness on the part of today’s western leaders,” he said. “It’s about conspiring and petty grudges… But humanity has enough strength and values not to allow this pettiness to win.”