The Trump administration keeps ratcheting up the pressure on Venezuela, even going to the extent of threatening to send in US troops and also calling for a coup by the military against president Nicolas Maduro. Now Trump has told Russia that the troops that they have in that country should “get out”. But the Russians view this as not merely boorish behavior but hypocritical as well, given the fact that the US has troops stationed in so many countries.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned Mr Trump’s remarks in unusually undiplomatic language.
“What does it mean, get out? Is it the tourists who have to get out? Is it the energy companies that have to cancel their contracts? What does it mean, get out?” she said in remarks quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.
“To tell Russia to ‘get out of Venezuela’ is going completely over the top. This is total boorishness on a global scale.”
She added that there were no “legal let alone moral” grounds for Mr Trump’s demand.
Russia has said its presence there is in line with the defence co-operation accords between the two countries.
“We do not think that third countries should be concerned about our bilateral relations with some states,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in remarks quoted by the Russian news agency Tass.
“We are not interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela in any way… we hope that third countries will follow our example and let Venezuelans decide their own fate.”
He added that the US had a presence in many parts of the world, but “no-one tells them where they should be and where they shouldn’t be”.
Yes, but what Russia does not understand is that the US has every right, given to it by their god, to order the affairs of the world to its liking, and no one else has the right to question it.