The US imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President
WASHINGTON, 31 Jul — RIA Novosti, Alexei Bogdanovsky. The US imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for “undermining democracy”, reported the Ministry of Finance of the USA.
In accordance with the sanctions, all assets Maduro subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and US citizens will be forbidden to do business with him.
Washington said earlier that oppose the holding of elections to the National constituent Assembly of Venezuela and is ready to “stringent economic measures” if the vote does take place.
“The sanctions were imposed the next day after the Maduro government had held elections to the National constituent Assembly, which intends to illegally usurp the constitutional role of the democratically elected National Assembly to rewrite the Constitution and impose on the people of Venezuela authoritarian regime,” — reads the statement of the Ministry of Finance.
In a rebuke to the Caracas put civil rights violations, bad management of the economy and “systemic corruption.” “Despite the fact that the oil reserves in the country are among the biggest in the world, tens of millions of Venezuelans remain hungry due to the fact that the government refuses to import sufficient quantities of food available to people, actively involved in corruption schemes surrounding the currency and exchange rates, and refusing humanitarian aid,” — said the Ministry.
The head of Department Steven Mnuchin called Maduro a “dictator who ignores the will of the Venezuelan people”. Mnuchin has also threatened sanctions all members of the constituent Assembly and said that the Ministry is considering the introduction of additional punitive measures against the President and his associates. “We will continue to assess the situation and consider sanctions,” he told reporters.