On Tuesday, Univisión reported that Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías criticised US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who, he claimed, “uttered threats’ to Russia and China while speaking at a Friends of Syria conference. On Monday, at a press conference, Chávez said, “We saw [that the state secretary uttered] overt threats to Russia and China. [She said that] they will have to pay a high price if they do not do what other countries demand. Do you understand? Obviously, this is the downright madness of those who consider themselves the rulers of the world”. He urged Clinton to look to the problems of the American people. “There are enough problems in the United States, but they [the U.S. authorities] want to do [in Syria] what they did in Libya”. Foreign military action killed thousands in Libya to kill Gaddafi, Chávez continued, saying, “Now, they want to do the same in Syria and threaten Iran”, adding that Cuban Leader Fidel Castro already warned him, “There’s a serious threat of nuclear war”.
On Friday, Clinton lambasted Russia and China for blocking efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has lost a key general to defection. She said that Russia and China need to understand that there’s a price to be paid for “blockading” the Syrian peace process, saying, “I ask you to reach out to Russia and China and not only ask but demand that they get off the sidelines. I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all, nothing at all, for standing with (the) Assad regime”.
10 July 2012