Thebi | United States could sanction Spain for supporting Nicolás Maduro’s regime

Sandra Flores | The BL

L: U.S. President Donald J. Trump (White House official photo by Tia Dufour). Spain’s acting prime minister, Socialist Pedro Sánchez (AP/Francisco Seco, File).

The U.S. government is considering sanctioning Spain for the aid that the socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez would be provide to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

According to Bloomberg, the Treasury Department is studying economic sanctions against its NATO ally which, if implemented, could be a serious setback for the Spanish economy.

Anonymous sources told Bloomberg that these punitive measures are based on alleged aid that the Bank of Spain would be granting to Maduro’s regime through the Central Bank of Venezuela, thus violating U.S. sanctions.

During a recent meeting in Madrid, Spanish officials also allegedly refused to freeze Venezuelan financial assets in Spain at the request of the United States.

According to information gathered by Bloomberg, U.S. officials assured that the Spanish socialist government would be helping the Maduro regime as much as Russia or China and that it would also be preventing the European Union from taking stronger measures against Maduro

Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, an old ally of Maduro

Historically, the government of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) has maintained very cordial relations with the totalitarian communist regimes of Latin America, such as Cuba or Venezuela, with the former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero currently having very close relations with Nicolás Maduro.

In fact, several former officials of the Bolivarian regime reside in Spain, and recently the Spanish justice system refused to extradite Hugo Carvajal, Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief, to the United States.

Carvajal had been arrested by Spanish police in April on drug trafficking charges at Washington’s request.

Sánchez’s sympathy for the communist and socialist regimes of Latin America is such that it has even determined that the King of Spain, Felipe VI, will visit Cuba on Nov. 11 to commemorate the founding of the city of Havana, where he could meet Nicolás Maduro, who has confirmed he will assist the event.

This decision has created a deep malaise in a large sector of Spanish society that rejects the fact that the highest diplomatic representation meets a questioned socialist leader in person.

The new third vice-president of the European Parliament delegation for Latin America, the Spanish MEP of the conservative VOX party, Hermann Tertsch regretted the role that both the Spanish socialist government and the European Union are playing with regard to socialist regimes in Latin America.

“It is terrible that there is direct complicity between the Spanish left and the cruel dictatorships of the region. Those in which José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has worked as the international lawyer of the Venezuelan regime,” Tertsch said in an interview with the Periodista Digital.

Tertsch also pointed out, “There is a network of corruption with Spanish socialists who watch over the dictatorship of Venezuela and Cuba, the same people who are linked to the Sao Paulo Forum and to organized crime, drug trafficking and companies that can be legal, semi-legal or totally illegal,” he added.

In any case, sources assured Bloomberg that the United States will not make any decision on the matter before Nov. 10, when general elections will be held in Spain.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is becoming more and more serious.

“Nearly 5 million people have been forcibly displaced and had to flee their country to find basic necessities of life—shelter, food, water, safety—there’s nothing that you can describe but urgent to deal with the political situation in Venezuela,” acting Assistant Secretary Carol Thompson O’Connell Bureau of Population, Refugees, said on Thursday.


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