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EU sanctions against Venezuelans

LUXEMBOURG – The European Union imposes sanctions on eleven high-ranking Venezuelans in response to the unfair elections in which president Nicolás Maduro last month was re-elected. They are guilty considered to undermine democracy, and human rights violations.

Their assets in Europe are frozen and they are no longer welcome in the EU.

In January, the EU already seven political and military officials from Venezuela with the same measures. The EU Foreign ministers decided on Monday at consultations in Luxembourg eleven to add to the pressure on the regime to carry on. The EU banned in november of delivering weapons to Venezuela and other goods that can be used to suppress the population.

Minister Stef Blok (Foreign Affairs) said after the elections that are not free and independent manner. Many opponents of Maduro are in prison or have fled.

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