New sanctions will be introduced against the government of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Giaido said on Monday.
“The number of international sanctions against the regime will only increase,” VPI TV channel quoted Guaido as saying. The opposition leader who just returned from a trip to other countries in the region, did not provide details on when new sancitons will be introduced.
The United States announced a new round of sanctions against Venezuela last week. The US administration put several members of Venezuela’s National Guard and police for blocking humanitarian aid delivery to the country on 23 February 2019.
At the end of January, the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA. On January 23 Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the country’s acting president.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States.
On January 28 the US imposed sancitons on Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA oil company. Guaido was recognized as interim president by the Lima Group countries (except for Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States.
Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis.
Maduro was supported by Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Belarus and China called for resolving all issues by peaceful means and spoke against any interference from the outside.
The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.