Peru expelled Venezuela’s ambassador after the Declaration of Lima denounced Maduro’s government. Venezuela retaliated with the same measure.
Last week, Peru organized a meeting of chancellors from 17 American countries to sign an official declaration of refusal to accept Venezuela’s constitutional assembly.
The countries presented their denunciation with allegations that this vote was fraudulent, anti-democratic, and an excuse for President Nicolas Maduro to dissolve an opposition Congress.
After the declaration was signed by all parties, relations between Peru and Venezuela deteriorated to a new level. Peru expelled the Venezuelan ambassador from the country while Venezuela promptly responded with the same measure.
Daily News reports that the Venezuelan television frequently mocks Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
The programs referred to him as “the empire’s lapdog” for the decades he spent as a Wall Street investor in the United States. Venezuelan President Maduro also frequently refers to Kuczinsky as “Peru’s United Statesian President.”
Kuczinsky has been lenient with Venezuelan migrants to Peru who are fleeing their country, acknowledging their status as refugees. He purports that Peru’s involvement in Venezuela is to avoid a potential humanitarian and immigration crisis.