“We have always wanted to have normal relations with the US but we see only aggression in return.”
The Nicaraguan leader made the comments in an interview with RT Spanish on Monday.
Ortega also said Washington was clearly not in need of good relations with the Central American country, as it “constantly attacks” the Nicaraguan government. He added that the US openly demanded “submission, even servility”, while trampling on those states that refuse to “bow” to the White House will, Presstv reported.
Washington has long sought to put Nicaragua into its sphere of influence, even by a direct military occupation in the early 20th century, the Nicaraguan president said.
“Washington’s expansionist culture” apparently makes the US unable and unwilling to forgive the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) for the reason that it ousted the last Nicaraguan dictator that was supported by the White House, Ortega added.
President Ortega came to power in 1979 with the victory of the Sandinista Revolution that toppled US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza.
According to the Nicaraguan leader, the US actively pushes its “human rights agenda” through various NGOs as well as directly through its embassy in the capital Managua in a bid to present the Latin American state as a country “lacking democracy.”
“The activities of all those ‘human rights commissions’ has long turned into business,” Ortega said.
Last month, the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution that urged Managua to “support an electoral calendar,” a formula of calling for early elections instead of waiting until the end of 2021 as a way out of the current growing crisis in the country over an alleged violent crackdown on dissent.
However, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada strongly lambasted the resolution and rejected the early election request.
“What is happening in Nicaragua is a coup d’état and a rupture of the constitutional order,” the top diplomat said, accusing Washington of seeking “interference” in the Central American country.