Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has told the EU’s ambassador to leave within 72 hours after the bloc added the names of 11 more Venezuelan officials to a blacklist for “undermining democracy and the rule of law.”

Maduro made the announcement of the expulsion of diplomat Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa on state television. Those who “can’t respect Venezuela should leave it,” he said.

The EU recognises the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the rightful president, a stance also taken by the United States and an international coalition of more than 50 countries. Maduro remains in power with support from China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

“What power do they assume they have? Who are they to sanction? Who are they to try to impose themselves on the threat? Who are they? Enough, enough. This is why I have decided to give 72 hours to the European Union ambassador in Caracas to leave our country,” Maduro said. He accused the EU of reverting to colonialism.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event with the youth of Venezuela’s United Socialist Party in Caracas, Venezuela June 22, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS