The US expands sanctions against Venezuela

The United States has added Venezuelan attorney General Reinaldo Munoz Pedrosa and three other people to the sanctions lists, according to the website of the United States Treasury Department.

Also, the head of the National Electoral Council, Indira Alfonso, the politician David De Lima, and the member of the National Electoral Council, Jose Guterres, were sanctioned.

In Venezuela, mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro began in early 2019 shortly after he was sworn in. Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly controlled by the opposition, illegally declared himself the interim head of state. Some Western countries led by the US announced its recognition of Guaido. In turn, Maduro called the head of the Parliament a puppet of the United States. Russia, China, Turkey, and some other countries supported Maduro as a legitimate President.

The US has repeatedly stated that it will increase pressure on the Venezuelan authorities led by Maduro and intends to impose new sanctions. The United States has already imposed a whole set of sanctions against Venezuela, the most painful of which was freezing the country’s accounts in Europe and blocking the assets and interests of oil and gas company PDVSA in US jurisdiction for $ 7 billion, as well as banning transactions with them. According to the White House, another $ 11 billion should be lost in oil supplies.