PressTV-US increases pressure on Venezuela with sanctions

The United States has imposed sanctions on four state governors in Venezuela as Washington tries to increases pressure on President Nicholas Maduro for blocking aid convoys.

The US Treasury Department said Monday it was imposing sanctions on Omar Jose Prieto, governor of the northwestern state of Zulia that borders Colombia; Ramon Alonso Carrizalez, governor of the state of Apure and a former defense minister; Jorge Luis Garcia, governor of Vargas state and former head of the army; and Rafael Alejandro Lacava, governor of Carabobo state and ally of Maduro.

“The illegitimate Maduro regime’s attempts to blockade international aid intended for the Venezuelan people are shameful,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“Treasury is targeting four state governors aligned with former President Maduro for standing in the way of severely needed humanitarian assistance and prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people,”…

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