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Venezuelan FM Calls on Europe to Withdraw from Interfering Stance



Caracas, Feb 11.- The European governments should withdraw from the stance by the Executive of the United States that leads to the implementation of unilateral and coercive measures against Venezuela, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza warned on Monday.

The European Union (EU) calls again to disrespect the Venezuelan Constitution as it did prior to the presidential elections in May 2018, when President Nicolas Maduro was elected, the diplomat stressed.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Venezuela foreign minister rejected international pressure on his country, which finds it hard to accept the EU's impartiality as a facilitator, after some of its members already assumed a stance against the legitimate Government.

“They judge us, they condemn us, they sentence us without even having listened to us. The Constitution is the most elementary; they cannot call to violate the magna carta. That is what the EU did with May's voting so that it was disrespected,” Arreaza underlined.

He described the alleged humanitarian assistance requested by the national opposition to Washington, and supported by the European political community, as an excuse to enter Venezuelan territory.

In that regard, the head of Venezuelan diplomacy recalled that President Nicolas Maduro suggested to European ambassadors to release more than 1.6 billion dollars held in the financial company Euroclear, in Belgium, if they want to collaborate with Venezuela.

“Or grant us loans, which we will pay with interests to compensate the US blockade. That is what someone from the European Union would think,” Arreaza added.

The diplomat also recalled that the costs of the blockade exceeded 30 billion dollars in 2018 alone, a reason why “evidently there have to be some limitations”. (Prensa Latina)