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USA will increase pressure on the Maduro, said the state Department

USA will increase pressure on the government of Venezuela led by President Nicolas Maduro and intend to impose new sanctions, said US special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

"We have imposed some sanctions last week, some this week. I have no doubt that this will continue and will be even more pressure, sanctions and diplomatic activity in which we engage," said Abrams in a press briefing.

"We believe that the result will be a weakening of the regime and the restoration of democracy," said the special representative. At the same time, he refused to say in advance, against which individuals and companies can be imposed new American sanctions.

He again answered negatively to the question, is the US prepared to negotiate with Maduro. "The only question we are ready to discuss with him, is his care," said Abrams.

The US imposed against Venezuela a set of sanctions, the most painful of which was the freezing of accounts of countries in Europe and the blocking of assets and interests in oil and gas, PDVSA, the jurisdiction of the United States at $ 7 billion, and the prohibition of transactions with them. According to the White house, another 11 billion dollars should make up the loss in oil supplies.

In Venezuela at the beginning of 2019 began mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after the oath of office. Juan Guido, head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, illegally declared himself interim head of state. A number of Western countries led by the US announced its recognition of Guido. In turn, Maduro called the head of the Parliament a puppet of the US. Russia, China, Turkey and several other countries have supported Maduro as the legitimate President.