Last week, the Venezuelan government expelled the country’s Spanish ambassador. According to Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, this step was taken as a reaction to EU sanctions against the country (the EU recently imposed targeted measures against 7 Venezuelan officials – see here). President Maduro has previously made reference to “international economic sabotage” being inflicted to Venezuela’s economy, which he states is being led by Spain and the US. In response, Spain has announced that it will be expelling the Venezuelan ambassador.
The EU has issued a press release condemning the Venezuelan decision and expressing its “full solidarity” with Spain. It reiterates that EU decisions in the area of foreign policy are taken by unanimity and, as a result, calls for the Venezuelan decision to be reversed. Furthermore, the press release states that “the EU will keep monitoring the situation and [shall stand] ready to take appropriate measures in light of developments”. French President Macron has called for further EU sanctions against Venezuela.