UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States has imposed a sanctions package on Venezuelan miner Minerven and its director, Adriana Antonio Perdomo Mata, while lifting restrictions on 12 more Venezuelans.
The US Treasury Department accused the company, in a statement issued in this regard, of “carrying out illegal gold operations that continue to support the illegal regime of former President Nicolas Maduro.”
“The illegal system of Maduro loots Venezuelan wealth and puts indigenous people at risk and penetrates protected land, resulting in deforestation and destruction of the environment,” the ministry said.
The US Treasury Department said it had imposed sanctions on its gold mining and management company “because of its support for the close ranks of the corrupt Maduro system.”
The inclusion of “Minerven” in the US sanctions list means freezing its assets in US territory and preventing US individuals and companies from dealing with and managing the company.
On the other hand, the US Treasury Department removed from its sanctions list the names of 12 Venezuelan citizens linked to the local channel “Globovision” without explaining the reason for this decision.
Since last year, Venezuela has been facing a severe political crisis centered around a confrontation between the authority of President Nicolas Maduro and the National Assembly, the majority opposition parliament, accompanied by massive protests against the government as the country’s economic situation continues to deteriorate.
The United States is the main supporter of Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guido, who was sacked by the country’s Supreme Court from the presidency of the National Assembly to declare himself on January 23 as a transitional president in a move he says is in line with the constitution, pledging to hold “democratic” presidential elections after Maduro won The last presidential race.
The United States has confirmed that it is conducting intensive negotiations with various forces in Venezuela, especially army officers to convince them to join the ranks of the opposition, in conjunction with the imposition of economic sanctions on government institutions and officials in the country.
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