On April 19, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus came with a statement supporting the decision of the government of Malta that had refused “to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in Venezuela.”
“We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro,” she added.
We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro. #EstamosUnidosVE @MFAMalta
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 19, 2019
On April 18, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Malta refused a Russian request to use its airspace to fly military aircraft from Syria to Venezuela on April 4. The diplomat said that Malta did not provide a reason for their decision.
Additionally, the Foreign Ministry answered to Ortagus remarks in Twitter saying that clapping is at least harmless and keeps the trigger-happy US hands.
We are trying hard to keep your hands away from trigger. So keep applauding – at least it’s harmless.
— MFA Russia ?? (@mfa_russia) 19 April 2019
It’s also interesting to note the type of rhetorics used by the US to describe government that it does not like. Washington has blaimed and shamed “bloody regimes” and “tirans” in Venezuela, Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Iraq and multiple other states. However, so far, all “successes of democracy” has led to further deaths and destruction, like in Libya and Iraq. So, if there is some “bloody regime” in the modern world, the US regime should be first to be described this way.