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Moscow: Anti-Caracas Sanctions Hamper Normalization of Situation in Venezuela

Sputnik – 10.08.2017

The recently imposed sanctions against Venezuela do not contribute to the normalization of the situation in the country, pushing it back into deadlock instead, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Treasury announced the expansion of its sanctions on Venezuela. These measures included travel bans and asset freezes on eight people who played a role in convening the new legislative body, the Constituent Assembly.

“Certain internal and external political forces promote a destructive line aimed at dismantling the emerging dialogue and, in fact, at returning the situation to the initial impasse, contrary to the very logic of developments [in Venezuela] and their own calls for the democratization of the ongoing processes in Venezuela. The expansion of unilateral sanctions and restrictions, isolationist measures, pressure, and the ultimatum toward Caracas applied by a number of countries can hardly be seen in a different light,” the statement read.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the situation in Venezuela could only be addressed through direct negotiations between the government and opposition.

According to the statement, peace in Venezuela depends on the willingness of all parties to return to a dialogue within the Venezuelan Constitution, without any outside intervention, to form a common agenda.

The National Constituent Assembly, which proclaimed itself the main governing body of Venezuela, is a new legislature with the power to amend the country’s constitution. It was elected on July 30 amid mass protests across Venezuela, which resulted in 10 deaths on election day alone. Overall, the death toll has risen to more than 120 people since early April.

The Venezuelan opposition has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly, as it believes that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for constitutional reform aims at sidelining the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

August 10, 2017 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Among other things, they are bad losers as they wanted the same they are accusing, to sideline Bolivarian Revolution. They won, with a little help of their friends, a majority of the former legislative body and then intended brutal dictated regression instead negotiating and accepting some condescendence to the minority. According to Venezuelan Constitution, a new one can be constructed and call for it, by the President. If they were honest decent and sincere, it would be a golden opportunity to a civilized fight for the issues they intended under majority at the former legislative body…but no. People realize that positiveness will be destructed under mercenary legislators and, these ones become aware the impossibility to regain without “little help”, the desired majority to impose regressive laws. The rightist capitalist-oids, fascist, have no mind but waste, worn ideas, and fat liver wording to try to keep alive their undue privileges sustainable only by foreign superstructure support

    Comment by Richard Gaitán | August 14, 2017 | Reply


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