Maduro criticizes U.S. as supporting financial blockade against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on July 15 in Caracas slammed the United States government as standing behind the ongoing financial blockade against his country.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
“Citibank announced closing the accounts of the Central Bank of Venezuela and Banco de Venezuela without any justification. What do you call that? It is economic aggression, financial aggression, or financial blockade. We are assured that this was not done without the approval of the U.S. government.”

Meanwhile, the president denounced the delayed transfer of the pro tempore presidency of the South Common Market (Mercosur) from Uruguay to Venezuela in July for the second half of 2016.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
“They have failed and may not (succeed). The peoples of the Mercosur defend the rights of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Please be assured.”

Maduro made the remarks while leading a military-civic event at the National Pantheon in Caracas.

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