Venezuela accused Canada of supporting US President Donald Trump's "war adventure", after Ottawa announced new sanctions on top officials in President Nicolas Maduro's government, AFP has reported.
In a statement issued on Monday April 15th , Venezuela's foreign ministry said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "has invalidated Canada as a reliable actor in dialogue."
Venezuela statement came after Canada announced earlier Monday new sanctions against 43 members of Maduro's government, including Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, whom it holds "responsible for the deteriorating situation" in the crisis-wracked South American country.
The sanctions included a freeze on the individuals' assets and a ban on them conducting business with Canada, which previously sanctioned another 70 top government officials.
Caracas "categorically" opposed the new sanctions and accused Ottawa of "removing its mask."
"It's alliance with war criminals that have declared their intention to destroy the Venezuelan economy to inflict suffering on the people and loot the country's riches demonstrates the hypocritical attitude of the Ottawa government in its pretentious concern for human rights," said the foreign ministry.
The US has led the way in imposing sanctions on the Maduro regime, including state oil firm PDVSA.
Canada is part of the Lima Group of 14 mostly Latin American countries that met in Santiago earlier and called on the United Nations to "take action" to prevent an escalation of Venezuela's humanitarian crisis.
It urged United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the General Assembly and the Security Council to "take measures to avoid the progressive deterioration of peace and security, and to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the population of migrants coming from Venezuela."