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Venezuela has revised the decision on the expulsion of the Ambassador of the European Union

The foreign Ministry of Venezuela and the European Union issued a joint statement in which it declared invalid the decision of the authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of to expel the Ambassador of the EU Isabel Pedrosa.

"The Venezuelan government decided to annul the decision adopted on 29 June 2020, according to which the Ambassador Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, head of the delegation of the European Union in Caracas, was declared a persona non grata," - said in the text of the statement on the website of the EU.

Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the head of the EU delegation in Venezuela Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa must leave the country after the EU decision to tighten sanctions against Caracas. Maduro gave the European Ambassador 72 hours to leave Caracas. The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Twitter wrote that the EU condemns this decision and answer this action in the near future.

Later, the European Commission announced the call of the Ambassador of Venezuela to the EU, as well as the intention to consider further measures against Caracas.

The Council of the EU on Monday expanded the list of Venezuelan officials, who are subject to restrictive measures "because of their role in actions and decisions, undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela", and added 11 names. Now the list has 36 people. The EU restrictive measures against Venezuela was introduced in November 2017. They include an embargo on arms and a travel ban and assets freeze against a number of Venezuelan officials.