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Maduro vows to convene Venezuela’s Security Council amid US statements on sanctions

July 19, 0:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced that if Venezuela’s authorities convened a Constituent Assembly, Washington would take "strong and swift economic actions."

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MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. Venezuela’s Security Council will hold a meeting soon to draw up tit-for-tat measures after the US threats of imposing sanctions, the country’s President Nicolas Maduro wrote on his Twitter page on Tuesday.

"I took a decision to bring into action the Security Council in line with Article 323 of the Constitution to respond in an all-encompassing way to the threat of the empire (the US)," Maduro wrote.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced that if Venezuela’s authorities convened a Constituent Assembly, Washington would take "strong and swift economic actions."

Maduro’s decision to convene the Constituent Assembly without holding a preliminary referendum led to a deterioration in the ongoing turmoil throughout the country. Since early April, Venezuela has been hit by a major series of protests against the president over the past years.

The protests flared up after a decision by the Supreme Court to extend Maduro’s powers and limit the parliament’s. More than 90 people have died and another 1,500 have been wounded in the protests, and several thousand Venezuelans have been placed behind bars.

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