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Published 12 November 2020
Opinion

The new extended sanctions, approved and implemented for the first time in 2017, will come into effect as of Friday, November 13.

The European Union (EU) Thursday announced it is prolonging restrictive sanctions against Venezuela for one year, until November 14, 2021.

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These sanctions include the weapon and equipment blockade that may be used in Venezuela and the prohibition of 36 high-ranking officials -including Diosdado Cabello, President of the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela- from entering the EU, as well as freezing its assets.

Vice Presidents Tareck El Aissami and Delcy Rodriguez, Attorney General Tarek William Saab, and the Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno are also included in the list.

The new extended sanctions, approved and implemented for the first time in 2017, will come into effect as of Friday, November 13.

The EU has followed the hostile policy of the U.S. against Venezuela, as it was one of the international actors that recognized Juan Guaido in his self-titled "President of Venezuela."

Since 2017, the EU has maintained and intensified a regime of unilateral coercive measures against the constitutional government headed by President Nicolas Maduro.

The country has repeatedly denounced that these sanctions are a threat to the Venezuelan people.

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