15:38 GMT05 December 2020
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    Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday rejected as an attack on democracy a batch of US sanctions against eight Venezuelans who played a role in convening a new assembly.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Treasury Department announced travel bans and asset freezes for current and former Venezuelan government officials, including Adan Coromoto Chavez Frias, the elder brother of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez.

    "We reiterate that these illegal and absurd actions constitute a clear violation of the international law because their sole purpose is to put pressure on Venezuela’s sovereignty," his statement read.

    The measure was announced in retaliation for their involvement in the creation or decision-making of the constituent assembly, elected in late July to rewrite the constitution. Arreaza said the legislature would not bow to foreign pressure and would continue its work in the interest of peace.


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