The Trump administration announced Tuesday it had removed sanctions on Venezuelan general Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera after he publicly broke ranks with dictator Nicolas Maduro.
The Trump administration is readying a new salvo of sanctions on Cuba and Russia for their destabilizing activities in Venezuela that have helped prop up Nicolás Maduro, according to the U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela.
The Nicolas Maduro regime has reportedly blocked the Venezuelan people’s access to independent news sources amid media coverage of government violence against protesters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday singled out three senior aides to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who he said must make good on commitments they purportedly made to the opposition for a peaceful transition away from Maduro’s rule.
The outcome of the political crisis in Venezuela can set the tone for a new and dangerous era of great power competition—for better or for worse.
In a statement Friday, National Security Adviser John Bolton condemned the Russian military presence in Venezuela, calling it “a direct threat to international peace and security in the region.”
The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on a Russian bank that has been illicitly aiding the Maduro regime in Venezuela as it struggles to hold on to power, according to the State Department.