European Union condemns Venezuela's expulsion of Spanish ambassador

European Union condemns Venezuela's expulsion of Spanish ambassador

European Union condemns Venezuela's expulsion of Spanish ambassador

"The principle of reciprocity in diplomacy implies that we give the same treatment that they've given to the Spanish ambassador", he said.

Spain expelled Venezuela's ambassador Friday, after its diplomat was ordered to leave Caracas a day earlier.

"The government has always said that it wanted the same for Venezuelans as it does for the rest of the Spanish people and will continue to work for that in the framework of the European Union and bilateral relations", said Spanish government spokesman Iñigo Mendez de Vigo.

Announcing his would-be candidacy on Wednesday, Falcon said the government was incapable of resolving the country's crisis: "We need to get rid of this rubbish government, democratically".

Venezuela on Wednesday called its ambassador to Madrid, Mario Isea, home for consultations amid the "meddling and colonialist attack" by the Spanish government. President Nicolas Maduro has also accused Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of taking orders from US President Donald Trump to push for European sanctions on Venezuela.

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Rajoy said that it was "sensible and reasonable" for Spain to lead the political movement in the European Union against the Venezuelan situation because "it is its obligation and someone has to help" Venezuelans in the face of "Mr. (Nicolas) Maduro's brutal decisions and his way of understanding democracy", referring to the Venezuelan president.

The EU has expressed concern over human rights violations during anti-government protests, which saw over 100 deaths.

According to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, the expulsion of Fernandez was directly connected to Spain's involvement in the sanctions.

Venezuela on Thursday said the Spanish ambassador to Caracas, Jesús Silva Fernández, was to be expelled, given what it called Spain's "aggressions".

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