Disinfo: Western Leaders Welcome the Beginning of a Bloody Civil War in Venezuela

Summary

Western leaders welcome the beginning of a bloody civil war in Venezuela.

It is convenient for the US and UK to have different interpretations of similar events: for example, why does US talk about Kosovo’s independence, but forgets about Scotland, Catalonia, Indiana, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The French president Emmanuel Macron criticized the “yellow vests”, but is supporting the protesters in Venezuela.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West meddling in and destabilising countries around the world.

The western leaders did not welcome "the beginning of a bloody civil war". There are enormous differences between crisis situations in Kosovo and Venezuela.

Food shortages, poverty and high inflation, along with a strong political element, have driven to protests in Venezuela. There is no discussion in Russian state controlled media about the economic failures of the Maduro regime.

In the statement on behalf of the EU on situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, called for "for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections". "The presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy", added Mogherini, emphasising that "the EU stands with the Venezuelan people in this critical hour".

French President Emmanuel Macron called the 2018 election of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro “illegitimate” and said that Europe supports the restoration of democracy, and "welcomes the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who march for their freedom".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, West, Elections

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Disproof

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