Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions

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Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two U.S. diplomats in the country Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching" after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro's re-election.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to limit the Venezuelan government's ability to sell off state assets. The sanctions are so harsh that U.S. companies are not allowed to buy off debt from Petróleos de Venezuela which is an oil company owned by the Venezuelan government.

However, experts warn that the new sanctions, coupled with earlier ones that prohibit the sale of new Venezuelan financial products to U.S. citizens, will make it hard or impossible for the South American nation to refinance its debt.

Maduro declared Charge d'Affaires Todd Robinson and Consul General Brian Naranjo persona non grata and gave them 48 hours to leave the country, claiming they'd conspired against Venezuela.

For global pressures to work, they should be stepped up, taken in unison and be accompanied by greater unity of Venezuela's opposition parties and escalating protests on the streets.

Reports say 14 members of the Lina Group have revealed that they will recall their envoys to protest against what it said was Venezuela's failure to hold a "free and fair" election. The embassy has denied the charges.

The U.S. State Department rejected Maduro's "false allegations" against the two diplomats, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a news briefing in Washington. If Maduro presses forward, he warned, Venezuela will explode before his new six-year term is scheduled to begin in January.

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Robinson, however, is a more recent arrival.

Venezuela has not had a proper USA ambassador since July 2010, after the authorities in Caracas withdrew the agreement for the appointment of Larry L. Palmer, nominated by then-President Barack Obama. He has also served in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Vatican City and Colombia. We therefore denounce the Venezuelan Presidential election, and its result, as it is not representative of the democratic will of the citizens of Venezuela.

Robinson, a career diplomat, took over the embassy in Caracas in September 2017. Venezuela and the USA government haven't exchanged ambassadors since 2010.

Maduro became president after socialist firebrand ruler Hugo Chavez died of cancer in 2013.

Mr. Robinson did not comment on the election or Mr.

The European Union said it was also weighing new sanctions after the election was marred by "irregularities" and failed to meet global standards.

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