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The US reminds Russia that the sanctions are “reversible” and urges it to favor a solution in Venezuela

February 19, 2020

Washington considers Maduro's complaint in the CFI against US sanctions “absurd”

MADRID, Feb. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The US special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, reminded Russia on Wednesday that the sanctions are “reversible,” encouraging the Kremlin to actively work for a solution to the Venezuelan crisis, considering it “would help a lot.” given its strong ties with the Government of Nicol├ís Maduro.

“It would help us a lot, either publicly or privately,” Abrams said in a conference call with foreign journalists, when asked about Russia's possible mediation to relaunch the dialogue in Venezuela after the Oslo and Barbados process failed. last year.

Abrams has explained that Russia's support for Maduro is “very important,” so any management of the Vladimir Putin government in favor of a solution “would be a very positive contribution.”

In this regard, he has indicated that “the purpose of the sanctions is to change the behavior” of the affected persons and entities, so that “they do not have to be permanent.” “They are reversible,” he emphasized.

And, in the case of Venezuela, he has clarified that the objective of the sanctions is “to force the Maduro regime to enter into a negotiation so that there are free presidential elections” as a “peaceful way” to resolve the political crisis in the country.

Thus, he regretted that the Kremlin has replied that the sanctions adopted on Tuesday by the United States against the Russian oil company Rosneft Trading, responsible for the projects of the parent company abroad, “will not affect relations between Russia and Venezuela “.

In addition, he has warned that “what happened yesterday was a single step,” but the United States will take “other steps with other objectives.” “The pressure will not stop until Venezuela can recover its democracy,” he stressed.

In this regard, he has recommended Venezuelan oil consumers “to look the other way,” anticipating that it will be increasingly difficult to avoid US sanctions.

Asked about possible actions against illegal gold mining in Venezuela, he acknowledged that it is something that worries the United States about its “terrible environmental effects” and about the local population, especially indigenous peoples. “We will pay much more attention to these activities in the coming months,” he revealed.

On the other hand, he referred to the complaint presented by the Government of Maduro before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the United States sanctions against Venezuela alleging that they constitute a crime against humanity for its negative effects on the economy and the population Venezuelan

“I think it's absurd,” Abrams replied, while recalling that Maduro himself was denounced to the ICP by a group of six American countries – Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru – for the crimes against humanity committed since 2014, when opposition protests began.

Maduro has announced a judicial offensive against the sanctions of the United States, which he considers “illegal” for being unilateral. In addition to the ICC, he has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for punitive measures against the state airline Conviasa.