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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has voiced its disapproval of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, saying the move will make matters worse for ordinary Venezuelans who have suffered years of economic hardship.

The United States this week froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S., putting the country on a short list of U.S. adversaries. Washington has also warned foreign governments and companies that they could face American retaliation if they continue to do business with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

In a statement Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry criticized the measures which it said came amid efforts by Norway to negotiate between Maduro's government and the opposition, whose leader Juan Guaidó has demanded the president step down.

Turkey, along with Russia and China, supports Maduro's government.

Venezuela Socialist Party President Diosdado Cabello, center, attends a rally protesting against U.S. sanctions in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Sweeping new U.S. sanctions freeze all of the Nicolas Maduro government's assets in the U.S. and even threaten to punish companies from third countries that keep doing business with his socialist administration. (AP Photo/Leonardo Fernandez)
Opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaido posses for a picture with supporters at the end of a protest asking for the freedom of opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Requesens has spent a year in prison and is accused in an assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)