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VENEZUELA hit back today at the European Union after Brussels banned travel and froze the assets of 11 senior Venezuelan officials, including new Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez.
The Maduro government called the new EU measure an act of “ongoing aggression” and “intervention,” stressing that it will not accept threats from any power or group of countries.
Caracas accused the EU of “undermining political peace in Venezuela by meddling in its internal affairs and engaging in coercive measures that undermine tranquillity and dialogue.”
The EU ignored Nicolas Maduro’s re-election as president in last month’s poll, which international observers pronounced clean, pressing Venezuela to hold fresh elections and return to democratic rule.
The people listed for sanctions “are responsible for human rights violations and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela,” said EU headquarters.
EU sanctions are now targeted at 18 Venezuelan officials, including the head of the army and a top military intelligence officer.
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