Cuba thus, is taking a page from the Venezuelan handbook, a country which is in deep economic turmoil following the political uncertainties of the Maduro government and its state-backed 'cryptocurrency.' However, despite several tall claims about the touted 'Petro, ' the project has been met with several roadblocks.
Announcing the sanctions on Maduro, Elliot Abrams, the USA special representative for Venezuela said they hoped the move would weaken the current Venezuelan regime and convince more officials to defect.
This barter agreement between Venezuela and Cuba is a long-standing one dating back to 2000.
"The services and goods Cuba provides Venezuela continue to fuel the corruption of Maduro and his cronies and help maintain their influence over the Venezuelan people", the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
PB Tankers was punished after USA authorities determined that it was working with PDVSA and that one of its tankers, called Silver Point, had been used to transport petroleum products from Venezuela to Cuba.Читайте также: Arjen Robben announces retirement: Bayern Munich & Netherlands legend bids goodbye
Cubametales is responsible for 100 percent of oil imports and exports to and from Cuba.
The United States has no right to impose unilateral measures on entities from Cuba or any other country that do business with Venezuela.
The measure aims to make it hard to deliver Venezuelan oil to Havana at subsidized prices.
The Treasury also announced on Wednesday that it has lifted sanctions on the Italian-based PB Tankers S.P.A. (PB Tankers) after the firm distanced itself from Cubametales and the Maduro government.
The sanctions cover all property and interests in property of Cubametales.
"Treasury recognizes the actions that PB Tankers has taken to ensure that its vessels are not complicit in propping up the illegitimate former Maduro regime in Venezuela", the department said. Prosecutors presented evidence in the case against Mussa, according to an April 2019 Nyasa Times report.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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