The United States will use all the economic and political tools available to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable for the crisis in a Latin American country, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comments in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, Reuters reported.
According to him, the United States will continue to use all economic and political methods at their disposal to help the Venezuelan people.
“Using sanctions, visa revocations and other means, we pledge to hold the regime and those propping it up accountable for their corruption and their repression of democracy.”
“Cubans must understand too that there will be cost associated with continued support of Nicolas Maduro,” he said. “And we’re going to have that same conversation with the Russians as well.”
At the end of the last week, the US Treasury Department added four firms and nine ships to its blacklist, some of which it said carried oil to Cuba.
Pompeo urged Maduro to leave his post and leave Venezuela so that the country could return to a normal state of affairs.
“I hope that you will care now, when you see the horror, when you see the tragedy, to change your ways and to leave your country,” Pompeo said.