CARACAS, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Venezuelan government on Thursday strongly rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's declarations on the political turmoil in the South American country as "offensive interference" in its domestic affairs.
The government "emphatically repudiates the declarations made on Wednesday, Feb. 19, by the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to the extent that they constitute a new and offensive interference in the internal affairs of our country," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Those declarations were additionally "based on false information and baseless contentions," the statement added.
Obama, who was in Mexico attending a summit of North American leaders, addressed the ongoing violent anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela, accusing the government of using the protests as a "distraction" from the country's economic woes.
"The declaration that independent governments and countries of the world are waiting for is one in which the government of the United States ... explains why it finances, encourages and defends opposition leaders that promote violence in our country," said the statement.
The U.S. government should also clarify "by what right Deputy Assistant Secretary (of State) Alex Lee relayed a message from his government, in which it tries to condition and threaten the Venezuelan government for its decision to prosecute those responsible for acts of violence in recent days," it said.
"The Venezuelan government reaffirms it will continue to monitor and take the steps necessary to impede U.S. agents seeking to sow violence and instability, and to inform the world about the nature of the interventionist policy of the Obama administration in our country," said the statement.