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President Maduro’s announcement got here after the EU introduced sanctions on 11 officers

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to depart the nation inside 72 hours.

Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa’s expulsion got here hours after the EU positioned sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officers.

They have been sanctioned for appearing towards the nationwide meeting headed by opposition chief Juan Guaidó.

Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president final 12 months however has didn’t take away Mr Maduro.

The opposition chief has the backing of the EU and the US.

In his announcement on Monday broadcast on state tv, talking of the EU, Mr Maduro mentioned: “If they cannot respect Venezuela, then they need to go away it.”

He added: “A airplane might be loaned for her [Pedrosa] to depart.” Venezuela’s air area is presently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Earlier on Monday, the European Council mentioned the 11 officers have been added to the sanctions checklist “due to their position in acts and choices undermining democracy and the rule of regulation in Venezuela”.

There at the moment are 36 Venezuelan officers who’ve been positioned beneath EU sanctions, it mentioned.

These newly-added to the checklist embrace Luis Parra, who in January declared that he, not Mr Guaidó, was the rightful Speaker of the meeting.

Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president final 12 months, arguing that Mr Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate. His place on the head of the opposition-led Nationwide Meeting was the premise of his declare to be Venezuela’s reliable head of state.

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He’s recognised as such by greater than 50 international locations, together with the US, the UK and most in Latin America and the EU

Talking on Monday, Mr Maduro mentioned the EU “recognises a puppet as president”.

Some 4 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, in accordance with the United Nations, amid a extreme years-long political and financial disaster. The oil-rich nation suffers from excessive unemployment and shortages of meals and medication, and lots of of hundreds of people are mentioned to be in want of humanitarian help.

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Media captionIn January, Juan Guaidó tried to climb over a fence to enter the Nationwide Meeting constructing

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