Caracas declared the German ambassador, Daniel Kriener to Venezuela persona non-grata, citing his alleged attempts to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza’s announced that Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela had been given 48 hours to leave the country for his “political interference in the country’s internal affairs.”
Heiko Maas slammed Caracas’ decision, calling the expulsion an “incomprehensible decision” and adding that Europe’s support for Guaido was “unwavering.”
Guaido called the Venezuelan government’s move a “threat against Germany,” insisting that the German ambassador should stay in the country illegally and calling on Berlin to tightened sanctions against Caracas.
Germany endorsed US sanctions against Venezuela last week, with authorities promising to lobby the EU to adopt further restrictions against the country in the near future.
Berlin joined Washington in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s leader after the opposition figure undemocratically proclaimed himself the country’s interim president on January 23.
Canada, multiple Latin American nations, and some other European powers also offered support for Guiado’s takeover bid, after Colombian, Israeli and EU diplomats had been expelled earlier for their involvement in the fascist coup campaign.
Russia, China, Bolivia, Turkey and Iran, among many more other countries, voiced their support for the Venezuelan government, urging outside powers not to interfere in the Latin American country’s internal affairs.
Also Costa Rica’s government condemned the actions of diplomatic representatives of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who took control over the Venezuelan embassy in defiance of the Costa Rican authorities’ decision.
“The Foreign Ministry regrets the unacceptable intrusion in the Venezuelan embassy building in Costa Rica by the diplomatic personnel of the government of unelected interim president Juan Guaido.
Furthermore a power outage was registered in 21 out of the 23 Venezuelan states, after what local media and officials described as an act of “sabotage” at the Guri hydro-electric power plant.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.