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The European Union banned the supply of weapons and equipment that might be used for internal repression to Venezuela on Monday, EU said in a statement.

 “The Council has today decided by unanimity to adopt restrictive measures, underscoring its concerns with the situation in the country. These consist of an embargo on arms and on related material that might be used for internal repression, as well as a legal framework for a travel ban and assets freeze,”  said in the statement adopted  by Foreign Affairs Council.

The statement notes that “these measures will be used in a gradual and flexible manner and can be expanded, by targeting those involved in the non-respect of democratic principles or the rule of law and the violation of human rights. The measures can be reversed depending on the evolution of the situation in the country, in particular the holding of credible and meaningful negotiations, the respect for democratic institutions, the adoption of a full electoral calendar and the liberation of all political prisoners.”

More than 120 people have died in four months of protests in Venezuela against the policy of President Nicolas Maduro this year.

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