US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Wednesday that the US was imposing a new round of sanctions against Venezuela, adding the country's Central bank to the sanction list, ONA reports citing Sputniknews.
"Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating Banco Central de Venezuela, or the Central Bank of Venezuela, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended by E.O. 13857, for operating in the financial sector of the Venezuelan economy," the Treasury said. "Additionally, OFAC designated Iliana Josefa Ruzza Terán, pursuant to E.O. 13692, as amended, who is determined to be a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela."
According to the senior official, the newly-applied sanctions should become a warning to "all external actors, including Russia."
Since the beginning of a political crisis in Venezuela earlier this year, the US has imposed several rounds of sanctions, targeting the country's oil and banking sectors as well as individuals belonging to the country's lawfully elected leadership.
The latest sanctions, targeting four Venezuelan companies and nine ships, were imposed last Friday.