Pompeo denies US involvement in energy collapse in Venezuela

Mike Pompeo speaks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denies the involvement of the United States or other countries in the massive power outages in Venezuela.

The energy collapse in Venezuela was due to an accident at the country’s largest hydroelectric power plant, El Guri. The National Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec) described the incident as sabotage and an episode of the energy war against Venezuela. Maduro blamed American imperialism for its unleashing.

“The electricity outages and devastation that ordinary Venezuelans suffer from are not caused by the United States. Not by Colombia. This is not Ecuador, this is not Brazil, Europe or anyone else,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. In his opinion, a power outage is the result of the actions of the Venezuelan authorities themselves.

The newspaper Nacional previously reported that power outages were registered in 21 of the 23 states of Venezuela, as well as in the capital, Caracas. A RIA correspondent reported that metro lines in Caracas were stopped due to a power outage, and there were interruptions in mobile communications.

On Thursday evening, the press service of President Nicolas Maduro announced the full restoration of electricity supply in the east of the country. In Corpoelec, RIA reported that the full power supply can be resumed on Friday night or Friday.

In Venezuela, on January 21, mass protests began against incumbent President Nicolas Maduro, shortly after he was sworn in. After the riots began, the speaker of the opposition parliament, Juan Guaido, illegally declared himself the provisional head of state.

A number of Western countries, led by the United States, have recognized the recognition of Guaido. In turn, Maduro called the head of parliament a puppet of the United States. Russia, China and a number of other countries supported Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Moscow called the “presidential status” of the Guaido non-existent.

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