For the ambassador in Belgium, Mary Ponte, it is up to the European Union to guarantee the mechanisms so that the sanctions against the narco-dictatorship are respected, this following the discussion in the European Parliament of the case already known as Delcygate.
“The plenary of the European Parliament accepted after a vote to include in its agenda a debate on Tuesday’s plenary session on the controversial Rodríguez-Ábalos meeting and asked the European Commission to clarify whether this meeting represents a violation of the aforementioned EU sanctions,” said Ambassador Ponte.
As it will be recalled, the number two of the narco-regime, Delcy Eloina Rodriguez, arrived in Madrid from Caracas in the early morning of Monday, January 20th, and stayed until 2 p.m. that day. At that time her flight left for Doha, where she was making a stopover on her way to Turkey. Also on board was the Venezuelan Minister of Tourism, Felix Plasencia, who was prepared to participate in the Fitur fair. Rodríguez arrived in a private plane and during her stay at Barajas airport she was guarded by three national police agents in a VIP room, although her passport was not stamped.
According to the European media, “she had a meeting with Minister José Luis Ábalos, who spoke to her for at least 25 minutes in the VIP room of the Sky Vallet airline at Barajas Airport. According to other information, Delcy Rodríguez also spoke with President Pedro Sánchez through Minister Ábalos’ mobile phone,” this last statement has been denied by President Sánchez.
“We must remember that Delcy Rodriguez was sanctioned in 2018 by the European Union for undermining democracy in Venezuela and usurping the powers of the National Assembly, using them to attack the opposition. The European Union then forced the adoption of the necessary measures to prevent people subject to an EU travel ban from flying over its airspace, entering its territory or transiting through it, according to the decision of the Council of the European Union,” quoted the daily La Razón in its digital presentation.
“By stepping onto Spanish soil Rodriguez is violating the EU’s sanctioning mechanism. The sanctions were an initiative of the European Union. That is why we demand that the EU itself guarantee the mechanisms to ensure that they are complied with,” emphatically stated Ambassador Ponte in statements offered on this controversial issue.