Maduro expels the Ambassador of the European Union from Venezuela

The head of the EU delegation to Venezuela Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa must leave the country after the EU decision to tighten sanctions against Caracas, said the President Nicolas Maduro.

In his speech, which was broadcast on Twitter, he criticized the decision to expand the EU sanctions list against a number of Venezuelan officials.

"I decided to give the EU Ambassador to Caracas 72 hours to leave the country. Enough of colonialism from Europe", — he said.

On Monday, the EU Council expanded the list of Venezuelan officials who are subject to restrictive measures. The list includes 11 names, there are now only 36 people. The basis for inclusion in list — a "role in the actions and decisions that undermine democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela."

The sanctions include a travel ban and assets freeze. "These measures directed against certain persons and do not affect the General population. The EU will continue to promote a peaceful democratic settlement in Venezuela by conducting credible elections," — said in the European Union.

The EU restrictive measures against Venezuela introduced in November 2017. They include an embargo on arms and a travel ban and assets freeze against a number of officials of the country.