European Union envoys approve arms embargo on Venezuela

EU member states backed an arms embargo on Venezuela in response to the deepening crisis in the oil-rich Latin American state.

Published: 08th November 2017 09:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2017 09:48 PM   |  A+A-

European Union HQ in Brussels. | File Photo


BRUSSELS: EU member states on Wednesday backed an arms embargo on Venezuela in response to the deepening crisis in the oil-rich Latin American state, diplomatic sources said.

A package of sanctions to be signed off by EU foreign ministers on Monday also includes a bar on European companies exporting electronic surveillance equipment that could be used to repress opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

The EU move follows Washington slapping punitive sanctions on Caracas after labelling Maduro a "dictator" as his country slides into chaos and economic collapse.

A blacklist for sanctioned Venezuelan individuals and entities will be created, the EU sources said, though for the moment it will be empty.

"The political aim remains to force the government to get round the negotiating table with the opposition and contribute to getting out of the current political crisis," a diplomatic source said.

"It's a gradual, flexible and reversible tool."

Venezuela has been rocked by deadly protests and economic chaos that has caused dire shortages of food and medicine. The UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the crisis.

Last month the European Parliament awarded its Sakharov rights prize to the Venezuelan opposition and political prisoners.


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