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US blocks accounts of Venezuelan diplomatic mission — ambassador to UN

"All our accounts have been blocked, we cannot pay salaries to our employees," the ambassador said

UNITED NATIONS, April 10. /TASS/. The US continues to put pressure on Venezuelan diplomats working at the country’s mission to the United Nations, preventing them from travelling farther than 40 kilometers from the mission and blocking the mission’s accounts, Venezuelan Permanent Representative to the UN Samuel Moncada told TASS on Wednesday.

"The United States is violating the host’s obligations," he said. "All our accounts have been blocked, we cannot pay salaries to our employees," the ambassador added. "We cannot travel farther than 25 miles from the mission. It means, I cannot go to Washington, for instance. I can request a permission but the US authorities are not providing it," Moncada noted.

He also said that the US was threatening to impose sanctions on banks that would work with Venezuelan diplomats.

At the same time, Moncada pointed out that the United Nations Secretariat continued to give credentials to the mission’s officials so that they could participate in various events, refusing to accredit Juan Guaido’s representatives.

Venezuela crisis

On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas.

Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US. On February 4, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.