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Venezuela’s socialist ambassador to Russia told the nation’s TASS news outlet on Thursday that dictator Nicolás Maduro wants to launch an international legal challenge against American sanctions on the country’s oil industry.
This week, the U.S. announced fresh sanctions against the Maduro regime blocking purchases of Venezuelan oil by American companies and freezing the assets of the state-owned company in the United States. In an interview with TASS, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Moscow Carlos Rafael Faria Tortos vowed to “embark on litigation in international courts over these crimes.”
Robbery - Tortosa - Accounts - Transactions - PDVSA
“What has been done is robbery,” Tortosa said. “They froze the accounts and also the transactions of PDVSA. We have a large enterprise in Houston, in the United States, this is Citgo. In America, there are more than 10,000 gasoline stations, and all this has been a source of revenue for our state, but they have frozen all this.”
Perhaps surprisingly, Tortos admitted the vulnerability of his regime to such sanctions, explaining that they were concerned about the freezing of accounts that they “really need.” The U.S. intends to divert those funds to support opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who it recognizes as the country’s legitimate President.
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“We worry about what they will do, but the problem is that they have frozen the accounts that we really need,” he explained. “The fact that they seized $1.2 bln in gold from the Bank of England fits this agenda. We will try to confirm at international courts that...
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