The U.S. State Department (U.S.), sanctioned and blocked the use of 15 Venezuelan planes, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), which were being misused by members of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
“Several PDVSA planes have been used to transport high-ranking members of the former Maduro regime,” the statement published by the U.S. agency explains.
The document also explains that several of these planes “have been operated in an unsafe and unprofessional manner near U.S. military aircraft in international airspace.”
Sanctions were made through the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Regulations issued by OFAC generally prohibit Americans and persons within the United States from engaging in blocked property.
In response to this measure, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country continues to make efforts for a peaceful and democratic transition in Venezuela.
“The international community must continue to work together to restore peace and prosperity to the Venezuelan people,” he said through his personal Twitter account.