Javier Milei’s arrival to the presidency has caused a stir in geopolitical relations, particularly in relation to the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela. Just over a month after taking office, the two leaders engaged in a public confrontation. Maduro criticized Milei’s economic policies, especially his plan to drastically reduce the size of the State. He described Milei as a “fatal mistake” in the history of Argentina and Latin America during his annual message before the National Assembly in Caracas.
Milei responded to Maduro’s criticism, stating that he did not expect such praise and that Maduro’s comments confirmed that he was on the right path. Milei’s rise to power has led to a fracture in the relations between Caracas and Buenos Aires, which had experienced tensions during the presidency of Mauricio Macri but returned to normal during the mandate of Alberto Fernández.
Maduro accused Milei of wanting to turn Argentina into a “colony of foreign capital” and subject the people to neoliberal policies. He also offered advice to the president of Ecuador on penitentiary matters, warning against seeking assistance from the United States’ Southern Command.
Maduro expressed concern about the United States’ new strategy of creating chaos in the region using criminal groups, which he believes is an attempt to occupy territories with the Southern Command. He emphasized that any attempt to install US military bases in Latin America would be a violation of regional sovereignty and a historical error.
Milei, on the other hand, has been preparing to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is his first trip abroad since taking office. He has been accompanied by a small delegation, including the Chancellor, Secretary General of the Presidency, Chief of Staff, and Minister of Economy.
The confrontation between Milei and Maduro reflects a larger ideological divide in Latin America, with differing views on economic policies and relations with foreign powers. As the two leaders continue to clash, it remains to be seen how their relationship will impact the region as a whole.
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