November 20, 2023 09:10 GMT
Venezuelan National Assembly President Defiant Against US Sanctions "Ultimatum"
Venezuela will not accept "ultimatums from anyone" according to Venezuela's National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez after the US warned it will assess eased sanctions relief if fair election progress is not made.
- Some US oil and gas sanctions against Venezuela were lifted last month in exchange for Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro to work towards fairer elections in the form of releasing political prisoners and unbanning political candidates.
- These measures are supposed to be met by the end of the month.
- Primary political opposition opponent Maria Corina Machado, who won the latest opposition primaries last month by a landslide, remains a banned opponent.
- "Venezuela does not accept ultimatums from anyone, by now everybody should know that, we don't care", Jorge Rodriguez said Friday.
- A lack of progress in these areas over the remainder of the month may force US officials to reimpose sanctions on Venezuela.