Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions

Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions

Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions

In response Caracas ordered the expulsion of the top two USA diplomats in Venezuela, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching".

Officials from Erdogan's office said the Turkish leader called Maduro late on Tuesday, making Turkey one of the few countries to recognize the result of the Venezuelan election, which the United States has called a "sham".

"Technically, up until today, we have not observed any element that could disqualify the electoral process", said CEELA President Nicanor Moscoso in a press conference.

The move was announced by Maduro in a televised speech moments after he was officially declared as the victor of Sunday's election.

Trump said he signed the executive order to prevent corrupt Venezuelan officials from conducting "fire sales", and lining their own pockets by selling Venezuelan debt that the nation's people would be saddled with in the future.

"The people of Venezuela have made their pronouncement and we ask everyone, nationally and global, to respect the results", she said.

Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro announced that he is expelling the top USA diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for conspiring against Venezuela.

The Trump administration has also tried to convince China and Russian Federation to stop issuing new credit to Venezuela, U.S. officials told reporters on Monday.

If Trump doesn't stop buying oil from Venezuela, why should we take economic measures against Maduro?

Maduro's re-election is already causing negative ripples in the Americas as a group of Latin leaders have made a decision to recall their envoys from the oil rich country.

Trump administration officials are known to be considering curbing Venezuelan oil imports, but so far the idea has been discarded for fears it would further raise US gas prices. The South American country uses mostly US diluents to reduce the viscosity of its heavy oils, and would have to pay much more to get them elsewhere.

Ninety-nine people bought tickets on Monday morning for that trip, said Greberli Rojas, a passenger who displayed a handwritten wait-list she was keeping to avoid disputes between passengers trying to fit on the bus.

In the phone call, the leaders also spoke about bilateral relations and reiterated their determination to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, according to presidential sources.

The bloc of countries expressed its preoccupation for the rise in Venezuelans fleeing from their country, and announced that they would have a meeting in the first fortnight of June in order to discuss potential solutions. If Maduro presses forward, he warned, Venezuela will explode before his new six-year term is scheduled to begin in January. "They've abused and violated global law", he said.

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