May 25, 2018 / 3:10 PM / 23 days ago

EU considering more sanctions on Venezuela, to call for new vote: draft statement

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will warn Venezuela on Monday it faces more economic sanctions following President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election and will call for a fresh presidential vote, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

EU diplomats briefed on discussions said the EU travel bans and asset freezes would not be decided on Monday at the regular meeting of ministers in Brussels, but that a decision to impose more penalties was expected in June.

“The EU calls for the holding of fresh presidential elections in accordance with internationally recognised democratic standards,” foreign ministers will say in their statement that has been agreed by EU governments. “The EU will act swiftly ... with the aim of imposing additional targeted and reversible restrictive measures,” the statement said.

Reporting by Robin Emmott

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