President Nicolás Maduro rejected plan promoted by Macri to invade Venezuela in 2019

The President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, rejected this Monday the plan by Mauricio Macri, former president of Argentina, to promote a military invasion against Venezuela in 2019.

The Venezuelan Head of State assured that according to the article published in an Argentine portal, “The right-wing neoliberal government of Mauricio Macri ordered special troops of the Argentine army to be prepared to invade Venezuela, the article says that the General who directed these trainings and who was in charge of invading Venezuela is still in active situation in the Argentine army.”

He warned that this denunciation of the plans of the Argentine army to invade Venezuela from Colombia is a very serious fact: “Hopefully someone from Argentina raises his voice so that an investigation is carried out on this denunciation”.

During the award and farewell ceremony for Andreas Wickham, Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the country, the Venezuelan president recalled that years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 were a period of “invasion threats, of invasion attempts.”

450 sanctions against the entire Venezuelan economy and society, seizure of bank accounts and money we have abroad, illegal expropriation and theft of the Citgo company in the United States, kidnapping and theft of the Monómeros company in Colombia, everything came against us in those years,” he said.

He referred that the sectors of the continental right “went to the extreme of breaking all the rules of the game of diplomacy, of ignoring International Law, of thinking that they can wage war against Venezuela and that Venezuela was going to sit idly by”.

In this scenario, he emphasized that the people and the National Bolivarian Armed Forces FANB are willing to defend the independence and sovereignty of the country.

The article published this Sunday in the El Cohete a la Luna web portal, specifies that between April and July 2019, the Argentine army carried out the Puma drill that contemplated the invasion of Venezuela and was carried out in seven sessions in the Campo de Mayo garrison.

The aforementioned operation would have been made under General Juan Martín Paleo, who back then was commander of the rapid deployment force, and who has served since March 2020 as chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.

Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy:

The outgoing Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Andreas Wickham, received from President Maduro the acknowledgment by the Venezuelan government for his performance in consolidating relations between the two sister peoples.

Wickham stressed that his country remains in constant brotherhood with Venezuela: “We have remained firm in our principles and support for this country. We are eternally grateful for the help we have received through ALBA and energy agreements through Petrocaribe, plus 50 young people have benefited from Venezuelan universities”, he said.

On behalf of the Government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, I thank you for continuing that friendship and support. Venezuela is a friend, it is family, it is a loyal ally that has stayed with us in good and difficult times”, emphasized Andreas Wickham.

For his part, the Venezuelan president reiterated his willingness to continue and deepen these productive diplomatic relations:

All the attacks against Venezuela have (also) been against Latin America and the Caribbean, the great dream that moves us is the union of Latin America and the Caribbean in a single powerful block based on the peace and happiness of our peoples”, he emphasized.

He assured in this sense that “Sooner rather than later we will recover PetroCaribe’s capacity to support the 18 countries that are part of this agreement”.

He urged for a closer cooperation between the training of students and the establishment of an air route between the two countries through the Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos S.A (Conviasa).

He finally awarded the Francisco de Miranda order in its first class of “Generalissimo” to the ambassador, for his solidarity and promotion of relations between the two countries.