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Senate, Obama Extend Sanctions On Venezuela After Prodding By Rubio

May 20, 2016 | News

Rubio, …  has zeroed in on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who he has accused of mismanagement and corruption. He called Maduro “someone, who, quite frankly, isn’t qualified to lead anything, much less a nation of the stature of Venezuela.” 

“The Maduro regime’s abuses of power and violations of human rights are hurting innocent people in our hemisphere and threaten the national security interests of the United States, and we have a responsibility to stand with the Venezuelan people by extending these sanctions,” he said. 

Sanctions against Venezuela, which are aimed at about 20 individuals accused of human rights abuses and corruption, were imposed by President Obama three years ago and are set to expire. They freeze assets in the United States and ban entry into this country for those who are under sanction. 

In late April, Rubio was involved in negotiations that resulted in a Senate vote to extend the sanctions for another three years. 

“The United States has a national interest in making sure Venezuela does not spiral even further out of control,” he said. 

The Florida senator says the United States should prod the Organization of American States to pressure Venezuela. 

Meanwhile, Venezuela accused the United States this week of conspiring with the OAS to topple the Maduro government. 

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