U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to freeze U.S. assets of Venezuelan authorities.
“All property and ownership of Venezuelan authorities who are in the United States or will later be in the United States, or are either owned or controlled by any person from the United States, are blocked,” the statement said. White House statement.
The “Venezuelan authorities” refer to the state and government of Venezuela, any political entity, agency or their entities, including the Central Bank and the national oil and gas company PDVSA, the document states.
The decree comes into force on August 5.
Attempted coup in Venezuela
The Venezuelan opposition attempted a coup in late January. Then a wave of protests against the current government swept the country, and the leader of the opposition, the Speaker of the Parliament Juan Guaido declared himself the interim head of state.
The move was supported by the United States and several other countries. Russia, Mexico, China, Turkey, Indonesia and a number of other countries have come out in support of the legitimate President Nicolas Maduro.
At the same time, Washington blocked the assets of PDVSA and banned transactions with it, depriving Venezuela of more than ten billion dollars, and the Bank of England refused to give Caracas its gold reserves.
At the end of April, the opposition again attempted to carry out a coup. Guaido and his supporters gathered in Caracas in front of the Carlota military base and called on the army and people to overthrow Maduro. However, the military did not respond to the call.
A third coup attempt in Venezuela was made in June: Communications and Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that on 23 and 24 June the opposition, with the support of the United States, Colombia and Chile, intended to organize the overthrow and murder of Maduro, his wife Cilia Flores, and Diosdado Cabello, Head of the National Constituent Assembly.
The situation in the country remains tense, the confrontation between the official Caracas and the opposition, which is supported by the United States, continues.