European Union moves to ban arms sales to Venezuela
In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shows his ballot after casting a vote for a constitutional assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (Miraflores Press Office via AP)
Lorne Cook, The Associated Press
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 6:53AM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 10, 2017 7:37PM EST
BRUSSELS -- European Union diplomats say the EU is set to ban arms sales to Venezuela and could impose asset freezes and travel restrictions on some Venezuelan officials to ramp up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
Two diplomats confirmed that EU foreign ministers will announce the measures at talks in Brussels on Monday. One said the actions are meant "to encourage a return to dialogue as soon as possible."
The diplomats asked to have their names withheld because the measures haven't been officially announced.
The weapons ban would stop sales of military equipment that could be used for repression or surveillance of Venezuelans.
The United States on Thursday put financial sanctions on another 10 current and former Venezuelan officials over corruption and abuse of power allegations related to Maduro's crackdown on opposition.