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Venezuelan Opposition Backs US Sanctions amid International Condemnation

31 Août 2017

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Long-standing tensions between the neighboring countries have escalated since Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos joined with other countries in the region to criticize Maduro and said Venezuela was heading toward a dictatorship.

And they will further polarize an already divided country.

The 28-member European Union has so far backed away from adopting any sanctions on the Venezuelan government, but it does not recognise the new national assembly as legitimate and has warned it might take action.

Trump's sanctions are also illegal under both US and international law.

Maduro described the move as illegal and designed to "asphyxiate" the Venezuelan economy and push the oil-rich nation into default.

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At Maduro's urging, the assembly responded by targeting prominent members of the Venezuelan opposition that had praised the U.S. sanctions.

Clearly, the Venezuelan regime has ticked each of these boxes, making it a poster child for odiousness.

The aid will be delivered through Venezuelan-owned Citgo, which operates refineries and gas stations in the United States, and has its U.S. headquarters in Houston's Energy Corridor. The bishops of the country, supported by the Vatican, have spoken out against potential fraud in the elections and to demand an immediate, peaceful, and democratic solution to the problem.

The executive order carries an exemption for oil imports from Venezuela. In the past, merchants risked having goods seized, or their businesses shut down, if bolivar prices reflected the world market prices. The Trump administration has labeled Maduro a "dictator" and a threat to stability in the West.

Russell Shaw is the author of more than twenty books.

The diplomat indicated that a percentage of the sales of gas from Citgo will be destined for the construction of houses for the people affected.

Venezuelan Opposition Backs US Sanctions amid International Condemnation