The US has not ruled out the use of sanctions against countries that support Maduro

Special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams commented on the possibility of imposing restrictions, in particular, against Russia, Cuba and India.

The US administration has not yet taken decisions on the use of unilateral sanctions against States that support the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but does not exclude the possibility of using such a mechanism in the future. This was stated on Friday at a briefing for journalists the US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

“The use of secondary sanctions is always an opportunity. But we haven’t done that yet. And I would not like to draw conclusions about whether we will act in a way that may force us to take such an additional decision,” the diplomat said. He commented on the question of whether the United States is considering sanctions against, in particular, Russia, Cuba and India in connection with the situation in Venezuela.

In addition, Abrams assured that the sanctions used by Washington in recent months against Venezuela could be lifted in the future.

“We said from the very beginning of the sanctions that it was intended as a temporary measure. All notifications [on the introduction of punitive measures] from the US Treasury Department said that the sanctions could be lifted. The goal is to force people to change their behavior. Therefore, by applying sanctions and canceling the US entry visas for a number of categories of Venezuelans, we make it clear that these steps are reversible if the behavior patterns change,” Abrams said.