US President Barack Obama’s announcement of sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials, alleging that the South-American country represents an “unusual threat” to the US national security, is another demonstration of the imperialist effrontery and aggressiveness.

Since the election of the late Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela in 1998, that country, a major source of oil for the United States, has greatly improved the lives of the majority of the Venezuelan people, as well as developing cooperative relationships beneficial to many poor countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. This is seen as a threat to the interests of voracious U.S. and multinational corporations, and therefore a geopolitical threat. That is the only “threat” Venezuela represents; it has never threatened the people of the United States.

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia deplores the attack on Venezuela and rejects the idea that Venezuela represents a threat to the legitimate interests of the people of the United States. We deplore the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela, and demand that they be lifted. We salute the governments of Latin American and other nations who have already denounced this escalation of U.S. intervention in a sovereign, independent state.

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia express our solidarity with the communists and the working people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia expresses its full support for the achievements of the Bolivarian government of Venezuela and pledges itself to work to put a stop to U.S. destabilizing efforts in that country.

International Department of NKPJ

March 16, 2015