Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bachelet Criticizes US Sanctions against Venezuela

Bachelet Criticizes US Sanctions against Venezuela

Sweeping sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Venezuela are an act of "gross interference" and violate the norms of global relations, China said.

"We have to point out that which political party rules a country is a domestic issue and should be decided by its people", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in an online statement.

Venezuela's government said Wednesday it will not attend talks with the opposition this week to resolve the political unrest in the South American country.

China responded to the sanctions by telling the U.S to stop "bullying" other countries.

US President Donald Trump on Monday imposed a freeze on Venezuelan government assets in the United States and blocked US citizens from conducting business with Maduro's government.

It said that the Venezuelan opposition delegation appointed by Guaido, who has been recognized as the country's interim president by more than 50 nations, was already in Barbados.

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Guaido backed the decision, claiming that the sanctions were aimed at "protecting Venezuelans". On Tuesday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton warned China and Russian Federation not to support Maduro. "We say again to Russian Federation, and especially to those who control its finances, do not double down on a bad bet".

Maduro "has determined to not ship the Venezuelan delegation" for talks on Thursday and Friday with representatives of opposition chief Juan Guaido "because of the grave and brutal aggression" being "constantly ... carried out by the Trump administration towards Venezuela", a authorities assertion stated late on Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday blamed US sanctions as he ordered his government's representatives not to travel to Barbados for scheduled talks with the political opposition.

China is one of few allies Maduro has in his struggle to retain control of Venezuela under increasing pressure from the United States for him to step down.

The latest move by the United States can be seen as an escalation of measures seeking to further debilitate the Maduro-led government, while attempting to bolster Guaido's power, following in the footsteps of sanctions that Washington had already imposed on Caracas at the beginning of the year.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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