The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, gives the ambassador of the European Union (EU) 72 hours to leave the South American country.
“I have decided to give 72 hours to the ambassador of the European Union (Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa) to leave our country, and demand respect for the European Union, enough of European colonialism against Venezuela,” said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during the National Journalism Award.
The Venezuelan government’s decision comes just hours after the EU sanctioned eleven Venezuelan officials, including the National Assembly (AN) directive, led by dissident deputy Luis Parra, for “refusing to carry out orders from the embassy of the EU ”, according to statements by the head of state.
According to Maduro, EU officials maintain “an arrogant and supremacist attitude” towards the Venezuelan nation, following US President Donald Trump designs.
What a shame, 27 countries, a continent of great economic, military, political power, on their knees before Trump and his policies of aggression, recognizing a puppet as (the opposition leader Juan) Guaidó, ”Maduro has reproached.
He has also affirmed that these coercive actions seek to scare citizens or parties who wish to run for the next legislative elections. “They say that whoever signs up is going to be penalized. Oh, what terror, we are not going to sleep ”, Maduro has ironized and asked the EU to prepare to see“ free, transparent elections, with the participation of thousands of candidates ”.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, has rejected and condemned the new and “illegal” EU sanctions and has ensured that these measures go against the dialogue for peace in the South American nation.
The EU Council has added 11 Venezuelan officials to the list of people against whom restrictive measures are taken due to their alleged role in acts and decisions that undermine democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.