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USA: Washington to impose visa restrictions on Maduro ‘inner circle’ – US Venezuela envoy

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US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said the US would impose visa restrictions on the “inner circle” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during a press conference in Washington DC on Friday.

“The United States has imposed new visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families,” Abrams said.

Abrams also said that on Friday the US Treasury Department issued new sanctions against “six security officials of the illegitimate Maduro regime, individuals associated with the obstruction of the entry of international aid into Venezuela.”

Commenting on Russian and US resolutions on Venezuela being rejected during a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, Abrams said “the Russians put in a resolution which got four votes, which I would call pathetic.” “I think the results in the Council demonstrate that there is very broad international support for democracy in Venezuela and for the National Assembly interim president [Juan] Guaido,” Abrams added.

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