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Maduro expels top U.S. diplomats for ‘plotting’ sabotage

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  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Venezuela ties reached a breaking point on Monday as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expelled the top American diplomat and two other officials for “plotting to sabotage the country’s electrical grid and the economyâ€￾.

    The three officials are: Kelly Keiderling, who was charge d’affairs at the U.S. embassy; David Moo, the U.S. Vice Consul; and Elizabeth Hoffman, assistant secretary for political Affairs.

    Making this announcement from the headquarters of an army battalion in Santa Ana, Mr. Maduro said, “Get out of Venezuela, Yankee go home! Enough of abuses against the dignity of a country that wants peace.â€￾

    In his televised address, Mr. Maduro accused the U.S. diplomats of trying to cripple the country’s economy with the help of opposition parties. “We have detected a group of officials of the U.S. embassy, and we have been tracking them for several months,â€￾ he said. “These officials spend their time meeting with the Venezuelan extreme right wing, financing them and encouraging them to take actions to sabotage the electrical system, to sabotage the Venezuelan economy.â€￾

    In his highly-charged speech, Mr. Maduro even took a swipe at U.S. President Barack Obama. “The actions of the government of Obama do not matter,â€￾ he said, accusing his American counterpart of fomenting sabotage. “We will not allow an imperial government to bring money and see how they can stop basic companies and stop the electricity to turn off all of Venezuela.â€￾

    Soon after his announcement, the U.S. embassy issued a statement, denying the involvement of its officials in any conspiracy. “We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s allegations of U.S. government involvement in any type of conspiracy to destabilize the Venezuelan government,â€￾ the embassy said in the statement.

    Calling the meetings held by its officials as “normal diplomatic engagementsâ€￾, the statement said: “We maintain regular contacts across the Venezuelan political spectrum.â€￾

    This is not the first time Mr. Maduro, who became President in April following the death of Hugo Chavez, has accused the Americans of trying to sabotage the economy. He has blamed the Americans for the failure of the nation-wide electrical grid and a major fire at the biggest oil refinery.

    But the latest friction assumes significance as it comes immediately after Mr. Maduro’s return from Beijing, where he signed multi-billion dollar deals with the Chinese government and companies.

    During his four-day trip, Mr. Maduro and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed 12 agreements related to a finance fund deal, education, and a joint development between Chinese state-owned oil producer Sinopec and Venezuela’s national oil company. They also signed a pact between China’s space flight administration and Venezuela’s science and innovation ministry relating to remote satellites.

    In a further sign of growing mistrust, Mr. Maduro had last week scrapped his plans to take part in the U.N. General Assembly session in New York, claiming he had received threats to his life. On his return from China on Wednesday, Maduro had said he had cancelled the trip after receiving intelligence about two “highly serious provocationsâ€￾.
     
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    jonas Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    So, one deranged individual replaces another. I suppose if there are floods or other natural disasters in the future,he will accuse the US of manipulating the weather.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    There Venezuelans can never get along with US. And US should stop meddling in their affairs.
     
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    jonas Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Perhaps you would care to elaborate on what 'meddling' the US is carrying out in this country. That is apart from what Maduro in his paranoid state accuses them of.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Well, You can find more info on searches rather than asking for elaborate info's. :lol:
     
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    Three Venezuelan diplomats are being expelled from the US after Caracas expelled three American officials, the US State Department says.

    The diplomats, who include charge d'affaires Calixto Ortega Rios, have been given 48 hours to leave.

    On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the US diplomats of plotting to sabotage the economy.

    He said he had evidence they took part in a power-grid sabotage in September and had bribed firms to cut production.

    He gave the three - charge d'affaires Kelly Keiderling, David Moo and Elizabeth Hoffman - 48 hours to leave, saying: "Yankees, go home!"

    However, the US State Department rejected the allegations.

    An official told the BBC: "It is regrettable that the Venezuelan government has again decided to expel US diplomatic officials based on groundless allegations, which require reciprocal action.

    "It is counterproductive to the interests of both our countries and not a serious way for a country to conduct its foreign policy."

    As well as Calixto Ortega Rios, the Venezuelan diplomats being expelled are Second Secretary Monica Alejandra Sanchez Morales at the Washington embassy, and Consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida at the Houston consulate.

    The United States and Venezuela have been without ambassadors in each other's capitals since 2010.

    The late President Hugo Chavez accused the US of "imperialism" in Latin America.

    In December 2010, he denied a visa to the man appointed to be US ambassador to Caracas, Larry Palmer, over remarks he had made about involvement between the Venezuelan government and Colombian Farc rebels.

    The US retaliated and expelled the Venezuelan ambassador to Washington.

    BBC News - US to expel Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation
     
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    jonas Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Sorry but as you made the claim,then I thought you would have the info. There is nothing elaborate about it,you either can back up your claim or you can't and it seems to me you can't.
     
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    Do i need to reason with you to prove myself.... very funny i dont give a damn what you think. And i don't help lazy dumb to pick up and learn. Go and hunt for yourself if you cant so be t.
     
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    No but you need to be able to back up what you say,and you can't. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about and it shows in your completely abusive and rude reaction.

    Perhaps in future you will think before you post nonsense,and make accusations that are completely unjustified.
     
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    :facepalm: You jingoistic doesn't amaze me... very funny. Try some search yourself none will spoon feed you here.
     
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    jonas Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    It's not funny at all. You are obviously incapable of accepting the truth,stop trying to wriggle out of the fact that you have made false claims.

    I find your attempts at defending your actions pathetic. Good night to you.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    :rofl: Good night to you too... You laziness never ceases to amaze me.
    A simple search will help instead of throwing or accusing something as if you know everything.... You need to learn a lot.

    And Personal Spat stops here. Am not expecting any reply from you either... And am not going to give you information jus becoz some lame lazy duck asks me to. Enough off topic.
     
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    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    As search for inputs on this topic it seems this is related to Oil exports to US and Venezuela is 4th largest exporter to US...

    This problem is not started today, this was going on from 2006 onwards so hold your horses and check the historic ties between this two Countries...
     
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    And

    This one
    This one
    This one
    And This one Venezuela: WikiLeaks shows US use 'NGOs' to cover intervention

    And there are thousands more Mr. Pathetic... :facepalm:

    Seems like he is void of history That is all i can say. There are thousands of references available on the internet. If someone is lazy enough why should anyone help. Simple as that.
     
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