By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff February 21, 2020 The booming bilateral relations between Cuba and Venezuela have raised concerns in the South American country and in the region, due to the influence Havana could exert over Nicolás Maduro, experts say.Hugo Chávez’s rise to power in 1999 meant a qualitative and quantitative leap for Cuban-Venezuelan relations, says expert in international affairs Carlos Luna. This was especially the case in the oil sector. Luna says that with the Maduro regime the relationship has grown and diversified in several areas of society.“Cuba has provided advice not only in terms of professors, in terms of sports and of people who have come to advise the Venezuelan public administration, but also with military participation — a participation in terms of intelligence, which has infiltrated the civil service, which means that we should be talking about a Cuban occupation,” the expert told Voice of America (VOA).That is evidenced by the strengthening of relations with Havana. In late January, the Venezuelan regime called for the inclusion of the Cuban ambassador in Caracas in meetings of the executive cabinet.“The ambassadors, who are practically part of the cabinet, the Cuban ambassador here, needs to have open doors in each ministry to coordinate, revitalize, move forward,” Maduro said.This decision will affect the country in a negative way, community activist Luis Marques told VOA.“This is high treason, a betrayal of the citizenry, and when they tell us that we are betrayers of the homeland for demanding democracy, in fact they are the ones giving the country away,” Marques said.The Maduro regime’s Economy Vice President Tareck El Aissami said that more than 1,400 projects have been signed in recent years in different areas of bilateral cooperation, and that these will surely continue to increase.Amid this controversy, the country’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, who went on an international trip in late January, said that Cuba “is also responsible for the crisis in Venezuela.”“We have denounced Cuba’s ongoing interference in the Venezuelan State and the Armed Force,” he added.
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In a note to aid groups, seen by Reuters, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed Russia’s withdrawal.”The United Nations is concerned about the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the notification mechanism and is examining the implications of this decision for humanitarian personnel and operations in Syria,” the UN note said.The United Nations said in the note that it would discuss the situation further with Russia. It also said all parties – whether they participated in the deconfliction arrangement or not – were still bound by international humanitarian law.”If Russia thinks this will help them escape accountability for war crimes, they’re dead wrong,” said Louis Charbonneau, UN director for Human Rights Watch. “We and other groups will continue to investigate and document the deliberate bombings of hospitals and other grave crimes in Syria.” Topics : “We do not see withdrawal as a threat to the humanitarian workers on the ground if information provided is accurate and trustworthy,” Nebenzia told Reuters.Russia has provided military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war, which erupted after Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in 2011.Russia and Syria have said their forces are not targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure and have long-questioned the sources used by the United Nations to verify attacks.Under the UN deconfliction arrangement, the locations of UN supported facilities and other humanitarian sites like hospitals and health centers had been shared with the warring parties in a bid to protect them. However, the United Nations has questioned whether it made them a target. Russia said on Thursday it has quit a voluntary United Nations arrangement that aimed to protect hospitals and humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria from being hit by the warring parties.Russia made the decision following an internal UN inquiry in April found it was “highly probable” the Syrian government or its allies carried out attacks on three healthcare facilities, a school and a refuge for children in northwest Syria last year.Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused “various ‘opposition groups’ and terrorists through their proxies” of abusing the humanitarian deconfliction process. Russia believed the United Nations should give any relevant information to Syrian authorities, he said.