The Venezuelan government announced the refusal to participate in negotiations with the opposition in Barbados. The President called its supporters traitors to the Motherland.
The reason for this decision was the new sanctions imposed against Venezuela by the United States: on August 6, US President Donald Trump signed restrictive measures, including those aimed at the country’s Central Bank and the oil state company PDVSA.
President Nicolas Maduro appeared on television announcing the country’s refusal to participate in the talks. “This week, American imperialism went crazy and plunged a dagger into the soul of Venezuela, and these (the opposition) staged a holiday, applauded.”
Maduro called on his supporters to counterattack the traitors of the Motherland. «We will pay tribute to those who sell the homeland, to traitors of the homeland. Do they want a fight? Let’s fight, we are ready,” he said.
On August 3, he was set differently: the head of state told reporters that for the sake of peace, unity, and independence of the country is ready to “argue with the devil.”
On July 12, the Venezuelan leader agreed with the country’s opposition on a permanent dialogue. Negotiations began on July 9 in Barbados with the participation of the Norwegian government. The parties were to discuss six items related to the life of the country in the economic, political, cultural, and social spheres.