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TALLINN - European Union foreign ministers at Monday's Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels made a decision to impose sanctions on Venezuela in connection with negative developments in the country, which is the first time the EU has imposed sanctions on any South American country.
"The European Union has been following recent developments in Venezuela with concern. Establishing sanctions is necessary for applying pressure on Venezuela so that they find a solution to the political and economic crisis," Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser was quoted by spokespeople as saying.
The EU placed an embargo on military goods, and equipment and communication that may be used for internal repression, as well as a prohibition on provision of related services. In addition, a legal framework allows the Council of the EU to impose travel restrictions and asset freezes for specific individuals. "The EU is prepared to support all steps on the regional and broader international level that could contribute to finding a solution," Mikser affirmed.
"It is important that all parties in Venezuela start looking for ways of resolving the crisis and that they do so while respecting the democratic framework, principles of rule of law and human rights," Mikser said. "The most important thing is to immediately cease the violations and repressions that are causing unnecessary suffering for the Venezuelan people."
Reports, such as one from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, indicate significant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to food and healthcare.
All of the sanctions imposed by the EU can be viewed after they come into force at www.sanctionsmap.eu.