The journey of Delcy Rodríguez: eight hours in Madrid, despite the EU veto

A 30-hour trip, two different planes – one private and one commercial – to travel from Caracas to Istanbul. In between, a stop of up to eight hours at Barajas Airport. This is the journey made last week by Maduro’s number two, Delcy Rodríguez, who is banned from entering Spain under the sanctions imposed by the European Union. A controversial trip that has generated a crisis within the Spanish Executive, by transcending the meeting between the Minister of Transportation, José Luis Ábalos and the Venezuelan Vice President and who raises doubts about whether the Government has violated the community regulations adopted on Venezuela in 2017.

Delcy Rodríguez took off around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, from the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas (Venezuela) on a private Dassault Falcon 900 LX aircraft with Tourism Minister Félix Plasencia – friend of Mobility Minister José Luis Ábalos – and other important leaders of the Nicolás Maduro regime to arrive eight hours later at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez airport, at 00:12 hours. Then there was the controversial 25-minute meeting between number two of Maduro and number three of Sanchez. An appointment that was denied in a first version and admitted later, with nuances, to end yesterday being minimized by the Government. Rodriguez arrived at the executive terminal of Barajas, on T1, an exclusive space where private jets land. An area that AENA does not control and that is not considered a Schengen area, therefore, although in this enclosure the Police check the identities of the travelers, it is not mandatory to seal the passport. Thus, as long as the passport is not sealed, it is not understood that someone has crossed the border. This is also supported by Ábalos these days: “Until the border control is passed, Spanish territory is not underway.”

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According to Ábalos himself on Sunday in La Sexta, Delcy Rodríguez did not continue his trip to Istanbul on his private jet but instead changed planes. The private plane on which he arrived in Madrid would start, his trip to Istanbul on Monday, six hours later, at 2:42 p.m. The vice president would take a commercial flight, eight hours after arriving in Madrid, the Qatar Airways, leaving from T4 at 08: 20h on Monday, January 20 to Doha. In that eight-hour period it is unknown, apart from the aforementioned meeting with the Minister of Transportation, data on what the Venezuelan vice president did at that time, but Rodriguez did travel at least 4 kilometers in a straight line until he took his commercial flight on T4, escorted by the national police at all times. He would arrive in Doha at 6:15 p.m., stopped in Istanbul and get off the plane at 10:45 p.m. on Monday. He would hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Fuat Oktay and return to Caracas on Friday 24 in another private plane.

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