欧盟批准对委内瑞拉经济制裁武器禁运

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月13日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

委内瑞拉总统马杜罗在卡拉卡斯发表他的每周电台电视讲话。(2017年11月12日)
委内瑞拉总统马杜罗在卡拉卡斯发表他的每周电台电视讲话。(2017年11月12日)

欧盟星期一批准对委内瑞拉的经济制裁,其中包括武器禁运。

在布鲁塞尔开会的欧盟国家外长宣布了上述举措以应对上个月的地区选举。外长们说,那些选举使委内瑞拉的危机恶化。

实行武器禁运的目的是阻止委内瑞拉总统马杜罗的政府购买军事装备用于镇压或监视民众。

这些制裁措施还包括设置一个机制,冻结跟马杜罗关系密切的委内瑞拉前任和现任官员的资产,对他们实行旅行限制。

西班牙一直主张制裁跟马杜罗关系密切的官员,但欧盟在具体制裁对象问题上意见不一。

不过,欧盟各国外长星期一发表声明说,他们将制裁的重点放在被控践踏人权和不尊重民主原则与法治的委内瑞拉保安部队、政府部长身上。

上个星期四,美国对10个前任和现任的委内瑞拉官员实行制裁,因为他们贪污腐败,在总统马杜罗镇压反对派时滥用权力。

EU Approves Economic Sanctions, Arms Embargo Against Venezuela

The European Union has approved economic sanctions, including an arms embargo on Venezuela.

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels announced the measures on Monday in response to regional elections last month, which they say worsened the country’s crisis.

The weapons ban is intended to prevent the government of President Nicolas Maduro from purchasing military equipment that could be used for repression or surveillance.

The sanctions also include setting up a system for asset freezes and travel restriction on some past and present Venezuelan officials close to Maduro.

Spain has long pushed for sanctions on those close to Maduro, but the EU has been divided over whom to target.

In Monday's statement, ministers said they would focus on security forces, government ministers and institutions accused of human rights violations, and the disrespect of democratic principles or the rule of law.

Last Thursday, the U.S. imposed financial sanctions on 10 current and former Venezuelan officials because of corruption and abuse of power allegations related to Maduro’s crackdown on the opposition.

The EU also stressed that it would not recognize Venezuela's pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly, whose 545 members took office in August and sidelined the opposition-led National Assembly. The EU said its creation has only served to "further erode democratic and independent institutions."