Venezuela throws out U.S. diplomats for "conspiracies"

Venezuela throws out U.S. diplomats for

Canada's downgrading of diplomatic ties with Venezuela comes as U.S. President Donald Trump levied new sanctions on the country Monday due to what it calls a fraudulent election.

The expulsion order also included the head of political affairs at the US Embassy, Brian Naranjo, who together with Robinson must exit Venezuela within 48 hours.

"The empire won't dominate us here", Maduro said Tuesday in a televised event at an electoral commission meeting. Beijing said on Tuesday it believed the United States and Venezuela should resolve their differences via talks, while Moscow said it would not comply with the sanctions.

The foreign minister also blamed the USA "blockade" of Venezuela for the country's lack of access to basic goods, according to Reuters.

With his country in the throes of economic collapse, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won re-election Sunday in a vote boycotted by the opposition and slammed by the Trump administration as a fraud.

The United Nations has estimated that almost 1 million Venezuelans the country left between 2015 and 2017.

Vice President Mike Pence also tore into the Maduro regime on Monday, declaring in a statement that the United States "will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles and the misery of their fearless people continues".

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"Do we accept extraterritorial sanctions?" However, Le Maire acknowledged he has "no illusions" that he'll get what he asked for. Germany, France and the United Kingdom all implored the president to remain in the deal.

Maduro said Venezuela wants a good relationship with the United States, a relationship based on mutual respect.

It appears to target in part Citgo [PDVSAC.UL], a US -based oil refiner owned by Venezuela state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL].

Maduro, whose second term will begin next January, won 68 percent of the vote.

Trump administration officials are known to be considering curbing Venezuelan oil imports, but so far the idea has been discarded for fears it would further raise USA gas prices.

Most analysts say that Venezuela's economic troubles that have caused food and medicine shortages are the result of falling oil prices and the government's economic mismanagement.

He brought bread and crackers for the 36-hour trip to Trujillo, Peru, where his sister has been waiting tables for two-and-a-half months. The South American country uses mostly US diluents to reduce the viscosity of its heavy oils, and would have to pay much more to get them elsewhere. So far, the European Union has slapped sanctions on only seven Venezuelan regime members, and most Latin American countries have yet to do it.

More than two million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years, and their numbers may grow as the country's inflation rate is expected to hit 13,000 percent this year, the highest in the world. Maduro referred to Naranjo as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency in Venezuela. They also expressed the possibility of providing financial support to global groups to strengthen the institutional capacities of countries in the region to deal with the migratory flow of people.

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