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    EU Envoys Reportedly Approve Arms Embargo, Sanctions on Venezuela

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    The reported decision is yet to be confirmed by Brussels.

    According to AFP news agency citing sources, EU envoys have approved arms embargo and sanctions on Venezuela.

    The sources said the measures that would be formally approved on Monday, include a bar on European companies exporting electronic surveillance equipment that could be used to repress opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

    The EU move follows US President Donald Trump's executive order imposing new financial sanctions against the Venezuelan government in order to put financial pressure on the government led by Maduro.

    Venezuela plunged into turbulence in March, when the Venezuelan Supreme Court decided to restrict the power of the legislature. The decision was reversed amid a backlash, but supporters of the Parliament, who strive for the dismissal of the court members, took to the streets, marking the start of deadly protests, which have so far claimed the lives of over 120 people.


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