President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro ordered the European Union envoy to leave the country, a few hours after the EU announced new sanctions against 11 officials who are close to the socialist leader. It was reported by Reuters.
The EU envoy, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, was given 72 hours to leave the country after the sanctions were applied. “A plane can be loaned to her to leave,” Maduro stated.
According to the EU, 11 individuals, who got subjected to financial sanctions, “are particularly responsible for acting against the National Assembly’s democratic functioning, including stripping parliamentary immunity from several of its members.”
“[They have] also initiated politically-motivated prosecutions and created obstacles to a political and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela,” the message reads.
As we reported earlier, Russia expelled two Czech diplomats following the political conflict with the Czech Republic.
"The most important thing is that it will not only be a reciprocal mirror or symmetrical measures but of course it will be taken into account in building the course towards this state," Maria Zakharova, the press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said.