The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has sent protest notes to the ambassadors of Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany in connection with their support of the opposition activist Lilian Tintori, RIA News Agency reports.
“We are summoning these ambassadors and sending them an official, strong and decisive note of protest due to their intervention and their actions in Venezuela,” Foreign Minister of the country Jorge Arreaza said.
Lilian Tintori is a wife of an active opposition member Leopoldo López, and on Saturday she went to the airport accompanied by the ambassadors of Spain, Italy, and Germany to leave for Europe. However, she was detained and summoned to court as a large sum of money had been found in her car earlier. Later on, the Spanish Prime Minister and the UK’s government expressed regret that Tintori was not allowed to leave the country. Jorge Arreaza called these countries’ actions “rude and disrespectful.”
Tintori was going to visit Europe to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
On September 4, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Venezuelan opposition leader, the president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges. During the meeting, Macron condemned the Venezuelan government’s actions, and he said that France intends to start discussing measures to be taken at the European level against individuals responsible for the situation.
In June, a Spanish deputy accused the Spanish government and its ruling party of financing and training opposition military groups in Venezuela.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency