A US official said Friday that the US planned to expel Venezuela's ambassador in Washington in retaliation for Chavez's dismissal of the American ambassador in Caracas. In addition, Chavez gave a vitriolic anti-US speech Thursday.
The latest diplomatic crisis between the
"We regret the actions of both President Hugo Chavez and President Evo Morales to expel our ambassadors in
Earlier Friday, a
Hours later, the US Treasury Department froze the assets of two Venezuelan government officials who, they say, have ties with the Marxist rebel group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Salvos and invective fly in spat with international ramifications
Over the past few days, the diplomatic storm has been steadily brewing, fueled by a fiery South American rhetoric that has dismayed
"Go to hell, Yankees!" Chavez thundered on Thursday in an invective-laced speech announcing the expulsion of the
Imitating Morales, his Bolivian neighbour and ally, who declared the
"If the oligarchy, the Yankee stooges directed (and) financed by the (
And in a provocation that has come to characterize the Venezuelan’s abrasive rhetorical style, Chavez invited
Chavez to ‘pilot’ Russian bomber
Two days later, the Venezuelan president announced that two Russian bombers were in
According to Jean-Jacques Kourliandsky, a Latin America specialist at the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Relations (Iris), "For the past 15 years, the US operated a redefinition of the international relations at Russia’s expense.” He continued: “
Date created : 2008-09-12