Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Venezuela expelled the Spanish ambassador to Caracas on Thursday in response to sanctions by the European Union.
The decision comes after Spaish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy endorsed EU sanctions including a travel ban and freezing assets of seven senior Venezuelan officials.
Venezuela's government released an official statement citing Rajoy's official visit to the U.S. in September to "receive outrageous instructions and submit to its designs with respect to Venezuela in exchange for inconsequential political and economic benefits."
"Donald Trump won't make decisions in Venezuela, Mariano Rajoy won't make decisions in Venezuela. The people of Venezuela will," Maduro said.
The Spanish government rejected Venezuela's allegations and said it would reciprocate.
Venezuela expelled the Brazilian and the Canadian ambassadors to Caracas in December, citing interference and both countries responded by expelling their Venezuelan ambassadors.