Richard Black: US must eliminate coercive measures against Venezuela

Richard Black, US senator from the Republican Party for the state of Virginia, pointed out that the US should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela and Bolivia, as well as eliminate coercive measures against the Venezuelan people.

The senator said that Washington should lift the blockade and sanctions against Venezuela, because they are causing "unimaginable suffering," especially by preventing the country from trading its oil.

"We have demonetized their currency and, through the international banking system, we made the Venezuelan currency worthless and then we go and say: 'Look how bad this government is, its currency is worth nothing." Well, it wasn't them, it was us who made their currency useless, ”Black told Sputnik.

He stressed that the US also maintains a blockade on Venezuelan oil exports and then says "look, they can't feed their people," Black commented.

They cannot feed their people because we have cut off all sources of income, he said and also stressed that “We (the United States) need to leave Venezuela alone. Leave them alone. Let your own government solve. I think that would be the best for everyone, "he said.

“I will tell you that my confidence in my analysis was a bit shaken because I had always thought that the Venezuelan economy was in bad shape because of the government. But it is difficult to determine how much the government is and how much of that the sanctions are, ”said Black.

He commented that the US, the State Department and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) were the ones who decided to give Juan Guaidó the rank of president. “He's a joke, no one listens to him and he's a total puppet. Most nations do not recognize his presidency, ”he said.

Black agrees with the statement made by the constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro, that Guaidó is a Washington puppet and that the US is orchestrating a coup to take over Venezuela's natural resources.

The US stepped up sanctions against Venezuela in January, days after Guaidó proclaimed himself "Interim President."

"It is not my government and it is not up to me or any American to determine how Venezuelans should manage their affairs," he said.