Borrell condemns Venezuela's expulsion of EU ambassador

The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemned on Tuesday the expulsion of the EU's ambassador from Caracas, DPA reported. The move taken by the Venezuelan president was in response to sanctions issued against individuals from the South American country. On Monday, the European Council added 11 Venezuelans to the sanctions list for "undermining democracy and rule of law." The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes.

In response, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a few hours later ordered the EU ambassador to Caracas to leave the country within 72 hours. The EU's foreign affairs office swiftly threatened additional measures. "We condemn and reject the expulsion of our ambassador in Caracas," Borrell wrote on Twitter. "We will take the usual necessary measures of reciprocity."

The sanctioned individuals are accused of unduly stripping parliamentary immunity of several of its members, including its president Juan Guaido. The EU considers Guaido the legitimate head of the National Assembly despite a Venezuelan Supreme Court decision earlier this month confirming government ally Luis Parra as holding the post instead. Guaido was elected parliament speaker in January 2019 and was subsequently recognised by about 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president.

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