Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. – – / Iranian Presidency / dpa
PDVSA rejects them and says they seek to “destroy” the Venezuelan economy
MADRID, 19 (EUROPE PRESS)
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has described Tuesday as “arbitrary” the sanctions that the United States has imposed on Rosneft Trading, a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Rosneft, and has announced that it will add them to the complaint that the Government de Nicolás Maduro has brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity against the US country for Washington's sanctions on Caracas.
“These arbitrary measures against the Russian company Rosneft Trading violate the right to free trade and free enterprise,” Arreaza said. “We will add these unilateral actions to the criminal complaint we have introduced against US officials before the International Criminal Court,” he added.
Likewise, it has valued that the TPI “must identify not only those responsible for issuing these measures”, which it has also labeled as “perverse” and “coercive”, but also “those indolent confesses who request them and celebrate them in Venezuela” , referring to the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. “The Venezuelan Justice will do the same,” he said.
Arreaza has emphasized the “rejection” of the Caribbean country to sanctions and has insisted that “they are evidence of the commission of crimes against humanity against the Venezuelan people.”
“They are directed against our oil industry, its workers and the Venezuelan economy,” he said. “They continue to attack the people of Venezuela, trying to generate suffering and difficulties,” said the Venezuelan Foreign Minister.
PDVSA ALSO EXPRESSES ITS REJECTION
For its part, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has also expressed its “categorical” rejection of the sanctions issued on Tuesday by the US Department of the Treasury, which it has described as “coercive”, while expressing its “solidarity” with Rosneft .
In the opinion of PDVSA, the “US sanctions policy” seeks to “influence the price system, control or eliminate the main actors and, consequently, exercise hegemonic control of the world oil market.” “A sort of economic sicariate exercised by the Government of the president, Donald Trump, against oil companies that are not subordinated to their imperial and domination interests,” he continued.
On the other hand, he pointed out that the sanctions are aimed at “the destruction of the economy” of Venezuela, which affects the “budget of socio-economic protection of the Venezuelan people, mainly the purchase of food, medicines and other necessities.”
“VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW”
In this regard, the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, who has valued the sanctions as a “violation of International Law.”
“The sanction against Rosneft Trading is a new violation of International Law and the universally recognized rules of commerce,” Rodriguez said through Twitter. “The United States has no right to impose unilateral measures on entities of other states that trade with Venezuela,” he has settled.
The United States has sanctioned Rosneft Trading and its president, Didier Casimiro, for “doing business” with Venezuela, within the framework of the offensive announced by the US Administration to increase pressure on the Government of Nicolás Maduro.
Specifically, the US Treasury has documented operations of the Venezuelan oil company, including shipments to Africa and Asia. The sanctions imply that all property and interests of the company and Casimir in the United States will be confiscated.