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Germany Backs Sanctions Against Maduro, Citing Violence Against Protesters

© AFP 2023 / JUAN BARRETOVenezuelan security forces stand guard at the border town of Ureña after Maduro´s government ordered to temporary close down the border with Colombia on February 23, 2019.
Venezuelan security forces stand guard at the border town of Ureña after Maduro´s government ordered to temporary close down the border with Colombia on February 23, 2019. - Sputnik International
Sustaining the pressure on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, Washington blocked all assets of the country’s state oil and gas company PDVSA and imposed a ban on deals with the company until opposition leader Juan Guaido receives control of the company.

"We are in favour of sanctions targeting Maduro and people immediately close to him specifically and that do not make the lives of Venezuelan citizens worse", German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr stated.

At the same time, Ulrike Demmer, the deputy spokeswoman of the German government has made a similar statement.

"As you know, the European Union has taken measures targeting certain members of the regime [the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro]. We support further sanctions and are in close contact with our European partners on this matter," Demmer said at a briefing.

She explained that German authorities condemn the Maduro forces for blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country.

"The German government condemns the forcible blockade of humanitarian aid on Venezuela's border with Colombia and Brazil. As you know, High Representative of the EU [Federica] Mogherini released a statement on this topic yesterday. We would like to emphasize once again that we strongly condemn the use of violence by the security forces of Maduro, and the involvement of police and militants to further intimidate the population is of particular concern," Demmer told a briefing.

Berlin urged the Venezuelan government to avoid any violence and allow humanitarian aid to enter the country, she added.

Previously, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has dismissed allegations about a humanitarian crisis in the country and recalled that international law provided for deliveries of foreign humanitarian aid only in cases of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Caracas has also warned that the illegal entrance of any vehicle into Venezuelan territory would be considered an offence by the country's military officers.

Germany's move follows similar punitive measures by Washington, which sanctioned the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the country's officials and the state oil and gas company, citing the "destruction of democracy in Venezuela".

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Prior to that, Berlin called on Maduro to hold snap elections in the country, threatening to recognise Venezuelan Parliament Speaker Juan Guaido as interim president of the country otherwise.

READ MORE: Spain, Germany to Recognize Guaido if Maduro Fails to Set Early Election

At the same time, Germany recognises the opposition-run Venezuelan National Assembly, chaired by Guaido, as "the only democratically legitimate institution that plays a special role in the country's path to democracy", according to Seibert.

READ MORE: Foreign Interference in Venezuela Situation Must Be Prevented — Moscow

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