“I came to the conclusion that it is necessary to block the property of the Venezuelan government in light of the continued usurpation of power by the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro,” Trump said in a letter sent to the leadership of the US Congress.

According to the decree, the Central Bank of Venezuela and the oil company PDVSA fall under the blocking of assets.

Earlier, Trump affirmatively answered the question about the possibility of a “blockade or isolation” of Venezuela from Washington.

The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the statements of the American leader reflect the US’s disposition to exert pressure on the government, which is pursuing a course disagreeable to Washington.

In late January, an expert Nikita Danyuk in an interview with the FBA “Economics Today” assessed the likelihood of direct military aggression against Venezuela.