Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Thursday said his government
does not recognize the independence of Kosovo from Serbia,
arguing that the move is part of "a plan of the empire" of
the United States "to continue to undermine governments around
According to Chávez, the declaration of Kosovo's independence may become "a very dangerous precedent" that may seriously harm peace worldwide.
Venezuela does not acknowledge Kosovo's independence. "We do protest against this, as this is part of the US pressure. I do not know how some countries in Europe accepted this. For example, would Italy like the southern region of Italy to become independent? Would any country like that? What about France, England or any country in Latin America?"
Further, Chávez showed "concern" that the United Nations are "playing along this game of the United States," a country Chávez branded as "decadent hopeless empire."
US SANCTIONS Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rebutted on his Twitter account US President Barack Obama's decision to sign into law a bill imposing sanctions on Venezuelan officials for human right abuses. Maduro remarked that Obama has made "a false move" against Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS US President Barack Obama enacted on Thursday a law aimed at imposing sanctions on Venezuelan government officers accused of violating human rights, the White House reported.
GOVERNMENT In an article published in the New York Times, entitled "Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights," Venezuelan Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello stated that the Venezuelan government was willing to improve its relation with the United States.