Disinfo: The EU doesn't provide Venezuela with humanitarian aid

Summary

Several countries provide humanitarian aid to Venezuela: China, Russia and Cuba. The European Union or any country of the EU don’t provide any humanitarian aid, only economic sanctions, because the EU is under the diktat of the United States and has no freedom concerning its foreign policy.

Disproof

A recurring narrative about the European Union being a puppet of the United States and unable to make independent decisions on issues such as humanitarian aid and international sanctions. Between 2016 and 2019, the European Union allocated more than €90 million in emergency humanitarian aid to assist Venezuelans in need inside the country, and those hosted in neighbouring countries. In March 2019, an additional emergency sum of €50 million was allocated. Furthermore, the EU provides Venezuela with humanitarian aid in the framework of the struggle against the new coronavirus:

In Venezuela and neighbouring countries, the EU is supporting the Pan-American Health Organization and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to contain the s

On April 28th during a closed video teleconferencing of the UN security council, France and other EU Member States supported humanitarian aid initiatives under the United Nations, to the Red Cross Movement, and by national and international non-governmental organisations. Furthermore, they reaffirmed that:

EU sanctions in Venezuela are targeted against individuals responsible for grave human rights violations and explicitly designed not to affect the population. Therefore the sanctions do not impede humanitarian or medical assistance in any way.

Venezuela has been receiving humanitarian aid from France since 2018. The report of the centre of crisis and support of the Ministry of Foreign affairs in its reports of 2018 mention a 300,000 euros programme for Venezuela, which represent 0.3% of the annual budget. Overall France offered 735,000 euros of humanitarian aid in 2018 and 1,76 million euros in 2019. It is not necessarily easy to send aid to Caracas, in 2019, for instance, 14 tons of medicine from France were seized by the national guard and stored in a warehouse not refrigerated and unappropriated for this loadpread of the virus and response preparedness with €9 million. See also earlier cases alleging that Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty and that the EU is directed by Washington.

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Venezuela
  • Keywords: humanitarian aid, European Union, US presence in Europe, Sanctions
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Disproof

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