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Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela

© AFP 2023 / Cristian HERNANDEZSupporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019
Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido take part in a march in Caracas, on February 23, 2019 - Sputnik International
The crisis has been brewing in Venezuela for over a month, as Washington has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who unilaterally declared himself Venezuela's "interim president."

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday extended the sanctions against Venezuela for another year, which were imposed on the country's officials under former President Barack Obama in 2015, according to POTUS' declaration sent to Congress.

The document reads that the situation in Venezuela continues to "unusual and extraordinary" threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.

"For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 with respect to the situation in Venezuela."

Handout photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking next to gold ingots in Caracas on March 22, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The Executive Order, issued by President Barack Obama on March 8, 2015, imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses and corruption. Trump's decision extends the measure for another year.

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The dire situation in Venezuela exacerbated on 23 January, when Juan Guaido declared himself the country's "interim president." 

Washington immediately recognised Guaido, and some 50 other countries followed suit. Russia, China, Cuba were among the states that have voiced their support for Maduro. Mexico and Uruguay have refused to recognize Guaido and instead declared themselves neutral to promote crisis settlement via dialogue.

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