Athens de­nies back­ing Maduro

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Athens has de­nied for­eign re­ports that it re­sisted calls by other Euro­pean Union mem­ber-states for sanc­tions against Venezuela’s socialist gov­ern­ment over a vi­o­lence-marred vote in the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

Diplo­matic sources yes­ter­day dis­missed as “mis­in­formed” a re­port in the Fi­nan­cial Times which said that sanc­tions were not im­posed af­ter a strong re­ac­tion from Greece. Sources in­sisted that sanc­tions “were never pro­posed” dur­ing a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day to de­cide how the EU should re­act to­ward Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s gov­ern­ment af­ter Sun­day’s con­tro­ver­sial elec­tions. New Democ­racy urged the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment to clar­ify its po­si­tion in “a for­mal and cat­e­gor­i­cal fash­ion,” adding that the for­eign me­dia had por­trayed Athens as “a key and per­sis­tent cham­pion of Maduro’s regime.” The EU has de­clined to rec­og­nize the re­sult of Venezuela’s vote.

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