The war promoted by Russia has motivated the economic relationship between the United States and Venezuela to take the path of “reconciliation”, since the Venezuelan president, Nicholas Maduro, has announced that US authorities have issued licenses for oil companies Repsol, Chevron and Eni can export oil and natural gas from Venezuela.
“Steps are being taken, the first steps. The United States a week ago, more or less, took some small steps to significant ones by granting licenses to the companies Chevron from the United States, Eni from Italy and Repsol from Spain to start the processes that lead them to produce oil and gas in Venezuela for export. to their natural markets”, explained Ripe.
“These are light, small steps. Venezuela has the first certified international oil reserve in the world”, the Venezuelan president pointed out in an intervention on Venezuelan television.
In addition, Maduro has recalled that Venezuela has significant hydrocarbon reserves. “The oil that this world needs to function is here in Venezuela and we, in peace and sovereignty, have the entire legal framework to raise, accept investments,” he stressed.
Two weeks ago the Treasury Department issued a license to Chevronthe only major US oil company still operating in the South American country, to hold talks for a possible restart of production, which had ceased under US sanctions.
This license could lead to relief from oil sanctions, depending on the cooperation of the Venezuelan government, according to senior US officials quoted by the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’.
Washington imposed sanctions on Venezuelan oil in 2019, in retaliation for the 2018 presidential elections. Venezuela currently produces some 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day, far from the three million it maintained for years. The war in Ukraine and the embargo imposed on Russia would have led to a change in these sanctions.
RUSSIA SUPPORTS RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE US AND VENEZUELA
Russia advocates the normalization of relations between the United States and Venezuela and the lifting of all sanctions imposed by Washington on Caracas, the director of the Department of Latin America of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexandr Schetínin.
“Our principled position is invariable. We advocate the lifting of all restrictive unilateral measures imposed by the US on the legitimate government of Venezuela headed by (President Nicolás) Maduro, and indeed, on the entire country and its people,” he told TASS in an interview.
According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow advocates “the normalization of relations between Washington and Caracas based on equal rights.
“We are in permanent, sincere and trusting contact with the heads of the diplomatic representations of the Latin American states accredited in Moscow. This communication style reflects the constructive and friendly nature of our relations,” he added.
Schetínin indicated that Russia and Latin America “know how to listen to each other.”
“The Russian-Latin American dialogue is intense, even at the level of foreign ministers. We intend to maintain and increase this intensity”, he concluded.