United States slaps new sanctions on Venezuela

United States slaps new sanctions on Venezuela

It said Cabello had laundered money through Costa Rica and Russian Federation, and organized drug shipments from Venezuela through the Dominican Republic into Europe.

The U.S. slapped sanctions on four Venezuelan nationals and three Florida-based companies on Friday in the latest move meant to put pressure on Caracas.

Background: The United States and its allies in Latin America view Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's administration as the main impediment to solving the country's crisis.

He also wished Erdogan success in the June 24 general elections, saying: "June 24 is a historic day for Venezuela".

"Through trustworthy intelligence sources we have knowledge of a plan by the Maduro regime, in progress since the end of previous year, to give identifications to Colombian citizens and transport them to vote in the May 20 elections", Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address.


A businessman, Rafael Alfredo Sarria Diaz, who has been accused of acting on behalf of Cabello, was also on the blacklist.

The action against Cabello, second-in-command of the ruling United Socialist party, comes just ahead of elections scheduled for Sunday.

It said he had laundered money through Costa Rica and Russian Federation, and organized drug shipments from Venezuela through the Dominican Republic into Europe. "We are imposing costs on figures like Diosdado Cabello who exploit their official positions to engage in narcotics trafficking, money laundering, embezzlement of state funds, and other corrupt activities".

Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Robert Menendez in January called on the Justice Department to investigate allegations of drug trafficking by senior officials in Maduro's government.

Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela suffers from severe inflation and shortages of basic goods prompting millions to leave the country.

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