The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions against the National Guard and police of Venezuela for obstructing the humanitarian aid delivery. The department reported this on its website.
“All accounts that are owned in the United States or in the possession or control of the U.S. of those persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States”, - the report said.
In the sanction list are Richard Vargas, the Major General and the Commanding General of the Venezuelan National Guard, Cristhiam Zambrano, the Director of the PNB and a Colonel within GNB and four more members of the law enforcement, located on the border with Columbia and Brazil.
According to the report, following clashes with Venezuelan security forces the violent actions of the Maduro regime had left at least five people dead and 285 people injured.
As we reported earlier, January 23, Juan Guaido, the opposition leader and the head of the National Assembly of Venezuela declared himself interim president of Venezuela and took the oath before thousands of opposition supporters at a mass protest rally.
U.S. President Donald Trump has recognized Juan Guaidó as a temporary leader of the country. Canada, the EU, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa-Rika, Paraguay, and Guatemala did the same.
Mexico and Bolivia refused to recognize the “coup d’etat”.