The US Department of State said Friday it had revoked the visas of 49 individuals aligned with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, ONAreports quoting sputniknews.
In particular, the State Department said it was imposing visa restrictions on "individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families. On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals".
Tensions in Venezuela escalated in late January when Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. The United States immediately recognized Guaido, and a number of its allies followed suit. Maduro has accused Guaido of conspiring with the United States to overthrow the country’s legitimate government.
Russia, China, Cuba, Bolivia and a number of other countries have reaffirmed their support for Maduro as Venezuela’s only legitimate president. The United Nations also still recognizes the Maduro government.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused Friday the United States of pressuring countries of the region into making "ridiculous" steps, such as forceful deliveries of Washington-sponsored humanitarian aid to Venezuela, while population in some of these Latin American nations is suffering from own malnutrition issues.
"Mr. [President] Donald Trump not only attacks Venezuela every day, but also pressures a number of countries into making unusual steps, which are actually ridiculous and insulting for their peoples. Long live our America, despite the governments surrendered to imperialism", Arreaza wrote on Twitter.