17:13 GMT +321 August 2017
Live
    Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami attends the swearing-in ceremony of the new board of directors of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela January 31, 2017

    Venezuelan Vice President Calls US Drug-Related Sanctions 'Pathetic Aggression'

    © REUTERS/ Marco Bello
    Latin America
    Get short URL
    1315126

    Venezuela's vice president lashed out at Washington that imposed sanctions on him on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami slammed on Tuesday US sanctions against him which were put in place over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

    "I consider this pathetic and shameful aggression as the recognition of my role in the anti-imperialist revolution," El Aissami said on Twitter.

    He also called for his supporters not to be distracted by the "mean provocations" in the face of the need to revive the national economy.

    El Aissami, 42, was appointed the vice president by President Nicolas Maduro in January. Sanctions against El Aissami were imposed by the US authorities on Monday. According to the US Finance Ministry, El Aissami, who had served as minister of the interior and justice and governor of the Aragua state, carried out "deliveries of drugs from Venezuela" through air force bases and seaports. He is claimed to be involved in delivering approximately a metric ton of drugs to the United States, Mexico and other countries.

    The US Finance Ministry also noted that El Aissami was a close associate of drug lords from Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico who had already been under US sanctions.

    Related:

    Venezuelan President Wants Relations With US to Be Based on Respect
    Washington Policy Divides US Nation - Venezuelan President
    Maduro Puts Responsibility for Venezuela's Currency Drop on US
    Venezuelan President Calls US Presidential Election System Medieval
    Tags:
    sanctions, Tareck El Aissami, United States, Venezuela
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment