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US is last country to complain about internal meddling: Analyst

Stephen Lendman

The United State has no right to criticize other nations for interfering in the affairs of other countries due to Washington’s long history of international meddling, an American author and radio host says.

“The US is the last country to complain to any other country about meddling in their internal affairs,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV on Saturday.

“It’s meddling in the internal affairs of one country after another in the worst way possible, waging multiple wars of aggression against [other nations],” Lendman said.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Friday warned Russia, China and other allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro against any deployment of troops and military equipment in the Latin American country, saying Washington will defend its interests against such "provocative" actions.

“We will consider such provocative actions as a direct threat to international peace and security in the region. We will continue to defend and protect the interests of the United States, and those of our partners in the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump said “Russia has to get out” of Venezuela and warned that “all options” were on the table to force Russia out of the region after two Russian air force planes carrying nearly 100 military personnel landed outside the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Russia has dismissed the US allegations, defending its move in dispatching military “specialists” to Venezuela as part of a military-technical cooperation agreement signed by the two countries in 2001.

Brushing aside Trump’s threat, Moscow has defended the deployment arguing that it posed no threat to regional stability.

Separately, a Chinese plane loaded with 65 tons of medical aid landed in Caracas on Friday, a move that was expected to infuriate the administration in Washington, which has spared no efforts in forcing Maduro to step down by triggering an economic crisis through the imposition of tough sanctions on the oil-rich Latin American country.

On Friday, Elliott Abrams, the US special envoy to Venezuela, also said he had delivered to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a list of options, including diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions, that could be employed against Moscow if it continued to send military personnel to Caracas.

The United States and most other Western countries have expressed support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked the country’s constitution in January to declare himself interim president.

Russia and China, however, back the legitimate government of Maduro, who has called Guaido a “puppet” of Washington.

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