Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered his government's representatives not to travel to Barbados for scheduled talks with the political opposition starting on Thursday, blaming the US sanctions for the impasse.
Maduro "has decided to not send the Venezuelan delegation" for talks on Thursday and Friday with representatives of opposition leader Juan Guaido"due to the grave and brutal aggression" being "continuously ... carried out by the Trump administration against Venezuela," a government statement said late on Wednesday.
The two sides began meeting in Barbados in July to seek a resolution to the political stalemate in the country.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Carlos Pina, a Venezuelan political analyst, said that Maduro's reaction to the latest US sanctions "was predictable".
But the decison "does not imply that the government will leave the negotiating table permanently," he said, adding that Caracas may be trying to buy time.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the US and barred transactions with its authorities.