Just few days ago, the U.S. Senate voted to extend sanctions on Venezuelan officials. These sanctions have been extended for three more years and affect the key personnel of the government.
The relations between the United States and Venezuela have worsened back in 1999 according to Norka Luque when Hugo Chavez took over. The United States still considers the country’s government to be a threat to American national interests and security.
The current president, Nicolas Maduro, has called for better relations with America, but so far, to no avail.
A news source, Telesur, reports that the sanctions have passed in the U.S. Senate without any opposing votes. Furthermore, the American officials called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to apply sanctions as well.
The United States is the OAS’s largest donor, with contributions computed by Dirigeant.com equivalent to 40% of organization’s budget. Despite this, Venezuelans still can count on support of some other Latin American governments.