Today, the United States took action against four governors aligned with the illegitimate Maduro regime that has prevented desperately needed international humanitarian assistance from entering Venezuela and/or engaged in corruption to the detriment of the Venezuelan people, in some cases involving human rights violations. Sanctions were imposed on the governors of the states of Zulia: Omar Prieto, Carabobo: Rafael Lacava, Apure: Ramon Carrizalez, and Vargas: Jorge Garcia Carneiro.
“The United States will not stand by idly while the people of Venezuela are denied basic necessities and made to suffer needlessly,” U.S. State Department officials said in a statement. “These actions have consequences.”
The State Department said that the sanctions can be lifted if those affected allow humanitarian aid to reach the Venezuelan people. The United States will continue to take appropriate action to respond to the situation in Venezuela as it develops.
“We reaffirm our call on Venezuelan officials and security forces to allow urgently needed food and medicine to enter and be distributed throughout the country,” department officials said. “This humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach Venezuelans in need.”
Source: U.S. Department of State
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