The ambassador of the European Union in Venezuela, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, was expelled from the country in retaliation for the sanctions decreed by Brussels. For several months, Westerners have been increasing pressure on Nicolas Maduro.
In Venezuela, the government of President Nicolas Maduro said European Union Ambassador Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, “persona non grata»On its territory. Summoned to leave the country, the diplomat boarded a Turkish Airlines plane on March 2, AFP reports, citing a source from the EU diplomatic delegation.
On February 24, 72 hours had been given to the diplomat to leave the country. But “for purely logistical reasons due to the availability of flights” from Caracas, the trip was only made possible on March 2. In a tweet published the same day, the diplomat, stationed in the Venezuelan capital since 2017, thanked all Venezuelans for their attentions, their recognition and their affection.
In response to this expulsion, Brussels has already declared Venezuela’s Ambassador to the EU, Claudia Salerno Caldera, as “persona non grata“. On February 24, the day the expulsion decision was announced, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced “illegal” sanctions by the EU. “Let us hope that the European Union reflects, hope that we can rebuild bridges of understanding, of dialogue, hope that they learn to [nous] respect, ”he added.
The EU and the United States are stepping up the pressure on Nicolas Maduro
This deportation measure is indeed a response from Caracas to the new battery of sanctions decreed by the EU against 19 officials and senior officials of the Venezuelan government. In 2017, the EU adopted sanctions for the first time in its history against a Latin American country. In total, 55 Venezuelan officials and senior officials are now sanctioned by the EU, with a travel ban on the European continent, and a freeze of their assets on the territory of the European Union.
The EU does not recognize any legitimacy for President Nicolas Maduro, nor has it recognized the results of the legislative elections of December 2020 which have strengthened its hegemony.
For three years, the United States has also increased diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions to try to oust the Venezuelan president.