On Monday, European foreign affairs ministers validated a series of sanctions against Venezuela.
Meeting as the European Council on Foreign Relations, they indicated that these include a weapons embargo.
The ministers, meeting in Brussels, are particularly concerned about the “political polarisation” which has been increasing within South American countries and the implementation of the Constituent Assembly. They dispute both the legitimacy of the latter and the nature of its representation.
It emerges from conclusions adopted by the ministers, “In this context, in addition to its political and diplomatic efforts to support this peacefully negotiated issue in the political crisis, the Council has decided unanimously to adopt restrictive measures. It does, however, stress its concerns as to the situation in the country.”
The conclusions go further, “These measures consist in an embargo on weapons and associated equipment which could be used for internal repression. The procedures also provide a legal framework both for a travel ban and an assets freeze.”
The European Council on Foreign Relations further states that these measures will be used in a gradual and flexible manner, by targeting individuals who are not respecting democratic principles and are violating human rights.