US imposes sanctions on Venezuela Supreme Court

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In February, Vice President Tareck El Aissami became the the highest-ranking Venezuelan hit by USA sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for alleged ties to drug trafficking and one of the most-senior government leaders of any country listed by the Treasury Department under its various sanctions authorities. Capriles, who is seen as the opposition's best hope of defeating President Nicolas Maduro in elections next year, has been at the forefront of demands for a presidential recall referendum.

More than 40 people have been killed since the unrest began.

During the phone conversation, Maduro informed Putin about the domestic political situation in Venezuela, which has been hit by a wave of anti-government protests, and the measures taken to resolve the crisis.

"By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuela n people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance in their country", he said.

Speaking in Washington alongside visiting President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Venezuela 's neighbor, Trump called the humanitarian situation "a disgrace to humanity" and promised to help fix it, but he offered no new US approach.

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In February, the USA designated Maduro's vice president and presumed heir Tareck El Aissami a major worldwide drug trafficker. Trump said they discussed Venezuela.

But sanctions so far have stopped short of hitting the oil sector in Venezuela, which is a major U.S. oil supplier.

That action, which was later reversed in the face of global criticism and street protests, was one of a half-dozen rulings by the court that USA officials say "interfere with or limit the National Assembly's authority".

"In the recent past they had discussions about the two countries and the president [gave] the reasons why things are happening in Venezuela and the Honourable Freundel Stuart heard what he was saying", Perez said. It said the National Assembly was in contempt.

Another person was killed in the ongoing clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police in Venzuela.

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Doctors chant slogans in front of a line of National Guard personnel in riot gear during a demonstration against the shortage in medicines and in rejection of the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May, 17, 2017.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it is "absolutely right" that the OAS and the 33-nation Community of Latin American and Caribbean States are taking the lead, "but it is also right that the Security Council, charged as we are on the maintenance of security and peace. keep a very close eye on the situation".

Speaking at a news conference in Strasbourg, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed "great concern" over the "extremely hard situation" in Venezuela and said he was in contact with regional leaders.

A ruling issued in late March that stripped Venezuela's congress of its last powers was later reversed amid a storm of global criticism. On Thursday, several thousand demonstrators once again collapsed Caracas and other cities in protests that ended in clashes with security forces firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

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