To help ensure the return to constitutional order in the crisis-hit Venezuela, Spain is calling on the European Union to adopt restrictive measures against members of the Venezuelan government.
“Against the progressive worsening of the situation in Venezuela, the Spanish government is pushing… for the adoption of restrictive, individual and selective measures, which don’t hurt the Venezuelan population,” Spain’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
As reported by the Reuters news agency, the head of Venezuela’s opposition-led congress, Julio Borges, visited Spain on August 5 to meet Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as part of a European tour seeking support against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Maduro’s government has been criticised by the United Nations, Washington and other governments for failing to allow the entry of foreign aid to ease an economic crisis, while it overrides congress and jails hundreds of opponents.
The Spanish government was working with its partners in the EU on these measures and was in constant contact with other Latin American countries, the ministry said.
A foreign ministry spokesman did not say what the measures would be.
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, criticised the opposition leaders’ meeting with Rajoy, saying they were unpatriotic in backing sanctions that he said would hurt the Venezuelan economy.
“@marianorajoy assaults Venezuelan dignity, representing the worst colonial past, defeated and expelled by our Liberators,” Arreaza tweeted on August 5.