The European Union has expressed on Tuesday its rejection of the decision of the Nicolás Maduro regime to expel the ambassador of the bloc in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, and has announced “reciprocity measures”, a day after the Twenty-seven included eleven senior officials of the Venezuelan government on its sanctions list for their role in the repression.
BRUSSELS, 30 (EUROPA PRESS)
“We condemn and reject the expulsion of our ambassador in Caracas. We will take the usual necessary measures of reciprocity,” said the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, in a short comment spread through social media.
The head of European diplomacy has reiterated the commitment of the European Union to international efforts to achieve a “negotiated solution between Venezuelans” that allows the country to overcome the serious political, social and humanitarian crisis it is undergoing.
This new diplomatic pulse between Caracas and the EU comes hours after the member states agreed to sanctions against the president-elect “illegally” of the National Assembly, Luis Eduardo Parra, and a dozen other senior officials, including several vice presidents of the National Assembly and prosecutors.
With this new decision the total number of Venezuelan authorities on which the community bloc has imposed coercive measures such as the freezing of assets and the prohibition of entry into EU territory is raised to 36.
“We are going to organize our things with the European Union and we are going to go step by step and enough is enough and if they do not want us to leave, if they do not respect Venezuela, they must respect Venezuela as integrity, as a nation,” Maduro reacted, hours later, when he appeared to announce that he gave the European ambassador 72 hours to leave the country.