US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a pressing briefing on Monday that both Cuba and Russia are undermining democracy in Venezuela, ONAreports quoting sputniknews.
Pompeo told reporters that "Cuba is the true imperialist power" in the South American country, and that the island nation has been training Venezuelan secret police in torture tactics. Furthermore, Cuban security forces have been displacing Venezuelan security forces, the US official alleged.
"I even hear that Maduro has no Venezuelans around him," Pompeo said, suggesting that the president's advisors are under the direction of the Cuban government. "When there's no electricity, thank the modern marvels of Cuban electricity… when there's no food, thank the Cuban communist overlords."
The California native later blamed the Venezuelan crisis on Russia, saying that Moscow "for it's own reasons, distorted the Venezuelan people's legitimate hopes."