The White House alleges democracy is at risk in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan government “categorically rejected” on Sunday the mention of Venezuela in the U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy document, released by the White House Friday.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Communication, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela described the mention of Venezuela in the document as “unacceptable interference in the internal affairs” of the country and as threat to peace.
The 2015 National Security Strategy mentions Venezuela on its penultimate page, alleging that “full exercise of democracy is at risk” in the Andean nation. The document also appears to claim that the government of Venezuela is “trapped in old ideological debates.”
In the statement issued by the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, they return that criticism and accuse the U.S. government of being stuck in a “Cold War” mentality and “ignorant about (the) new realities” in the region.
Regional blocs such as Community of Latin American and Caribbean States have unanimously rejected U.S. interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, while the Union of South American Nations is currently investigating allegations that the U.S. is attempting to destablilize the country.
The United States has been conducting an increasingly aggressive campaign against the democratically-elected socialist government of Venezuela. This campaign, according to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is being directed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
The U.S. also recently imposed unilateral sanctions on Venezuela.
The Venezuelan government called on the U.S. to respect the Venezuelan constitutional system, which has overseen 19 electoral processes in 16 years.