Venezuela’s information ministry said on Wednesday that the government would not attend a planned round of talks, brokered by Norway, with the opposition in Barbados this week. The move came in response to Washington’s decision to freeze all assets held by Venezuela’s government in the US and blocking US citizens from conducting business with Maduro’s government. “President Nicolas Maduro has decided to not send the Venezuelan delegation on this occasion, due to the serious and brutal aggression, perpetrated continuously and cunningly, by the Trump administration against Venezuela,” the statement read. Maduro’s government chastised opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido for allegedly promoting US aggression. “Venezuelans have noted how the leader of the opposition delegation, Juan Guaido, has celebrated and promoted these actions that are harmful to national sovereignty,” the statement read. Read more: Venezuelan journalists report on their own survival Guaido, whose interim presidency has been recognized by more than 50 countries, told supporters at a rally on Wednesday that the sanctions were “penalties for those who steal and profit from misery.” But Maduro’s government stopped short of ditching the talks altogether, noting that it would “review the mechanisms of this process to ensure its continuation is truly effective… Read full this story
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