Caracas, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has reinforced national security, after newly imposed hostile measures by the United States, aimed at damaging the nation’s oil industry.
In another attempt by Donald Trump’s administration to exercise hegemonic control of the world oil market, the US Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, recently announced restrictive actions against Russian company Rosneft Trading because of its commercial links with Venezuela.
According to Mnuchin, the subsidiary of the Russian energy consortium Rosneft and its president, Didier Casimiro, negotiated the sale and transportation of Venezuelan oil.
This action, which implies freezing the properties and assets of Rosneft Trading in the United States as well as those of Casimiro, is part of the U.S. government’s strategy to depose President Nicolas Maduro.
This was rejected by Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, who assured that these measures attack the economy and the people of Venezuela, in an attempt to generate suffering and difficulties, while violating the right to free trade.
After describing them as weapons of mass destruction, the head of Venezuelan diplomacy said that the recent restrictions will be added to the complaint filed by Venezuela against U.S. officials at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
‘The denunciation of the Rosneft Traiding case and the innumerable sanctions against Venezuela will be rigorously brought, one by one, before the International Criminal Court. We will legally demonstrate the damage they have done to the people,’ Arreaza wrote on Twitter.