sexta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2014

Venezuela increasingly isolated in the speech against USA

In 2013, during a visit to the island, the successor of Hugo Chavez as President of Venezuela evoked the close ties between the two Nations: "we were five hours with Fidel, to talk, to remember the Commander Chavez, remember that both built this relationship that goes beyond a strategic alliance. It is a relationship of brothers. "

Raúl Castro recalled that even last Sunday in Havana, during the Summit of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas), the bloc created in 2004 by Chavez and Fidel under the "principle of anti-imperialism", opposition to big northern neighbor.

"Our Alliance represents a real alternative to the economic and social model to be hegemonic and currently sinking in a crisis without visible output," said the Cuban President.

But the ties between the two countries are not only ideological. Every day Cuba receives between 90 to 100 thousand barrels of Venezuelan oil at subsidized price.

A solidarity which the island returns with sending doctors to Venezuela. But also assumes an economic dependence to Havana, at a time when Caracas is faced with a fall in the price of a barrel of oil in the international market. The Venezuela gets 96% of resources in foreign currency result of exports of crude oil.

Despite having the largest reserves in the world, the Venezuelan Government has announced budget cuts. The inflation rate is no longer published three months ago, but in August was 63.4%, one of the highest in the world.

Two days before the surprise announcement of the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba, the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, giving a speech in which satirized the sanctions voted by the US Congress against officials of Venezuela.

Since four years ago the countries don't have representatives in the respective grounds. Diplomatic relations are confined to trade.

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