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Russia's Putin may meet Venezuela's Maduro

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Russia's Putin may meet Venezuela's Maduro


Russia and Venezuela are working on a possible meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. “A possibility of a visit (by Maduro) is being worked on as well as a possibility of contacts between the two presidents,” Peskov said on a conference call. More…

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump targets Venezuela’s government in new travel ban



On Sunday, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation that extends the existing travel restrictions on citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Chad, North Korea and Venezuela were added in the expanded action. In the decree, the White House said Venezuela’s government “fails to share public-safety and terrorism-related information adequately” and has been “not fully cooperative” in receiving deportees.  The Venezuelan portion of the travel ban, therefore, focuses “on the government officials of Venezuela who are responsible for the inadequacies.”More…

Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis


Canada is sanctioning 40 senior Venezuelan government officials and individuals, including President Nicolas Maduro, who it says are playing a key role in the political and economic crisis in the South American country. In addition to Mr. Maduro, the Canadian sanctions target members of his cabinet and officials from Venezuela's military, Supreme Court and National Electoral Council. Canada did not have any Venezuelans on its sanctions list until Friday's announcement. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the sanctions are meant to put pressure on the Maduro regime to restore constitutional order and respect the democratic rights of the Venezuelan people. Canada's sanctions closely resemble those already put in place by the United States, which has sanctioned 46 Venezuelans. More…

Why Venezuela Is On President Trump’s New Travel Ban


For Venezuela, on the other hand, Trump's ban bars the entrance of certain government officials and their immediate families, but not the country's citizens at large. Notably, the new order argues that while its possible to obtain information on Venezuelan citizens through means outside its government, Venezuelan officials themselves have been uncooperative. Therefore, only the government has been banned. More…

Maduro Calls Venezuelan Bondholders to Meeting About U.S. Sanctions


“Attention, holders of Venezuela bonds,” Maduro said on state television. “I summon you through finance vice president Ramon Lobo to a meeting next week to find solutions to the damage inflicted by Trump on the holders of Venezuela bonds with this infamous and illegal order.” The U.S. imposed sanctions barring trade of new debt issued by the Venezuelan government and state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA in U.S. markets and blocked dealing in some existing bonds owned by the country’s public sector to choke off  funding to Maduro’s government, which is running out of money. More…