In conversation with TassVenezuelan ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said US sanctions are the act of taking property of Caracas.
"They freeze accounts and transactions with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. We have a great job in Houston, USA called Citgo. In America, we have more than 10,000 gas stations and it is the revenue of the Venezuelan government, but they all freeze. We will sue them in international courts for these acts, "Tortosa said.
On January 23, congress leader Juan Guaido called himself a provisional president of Venezuela, a move that the United States and some allies in Europe and Latin America supported.
On January 28, the administration of US President Donald Trump announced sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. It is the strongest financial sanction for Washington that has ever pressured Venezuelan President Nicolas Madura.
Accordingly, Washington will freeze $ 7 billion in the assets of this business and it is expected that PDVSA will lose $ 11 billion in export revenue next year.
On January 29, US State Department spokesman Roberto Palladino said: "On January 25, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the authority of Juan Guaido to receive and control certain assets of the Venezuelan government, or the Venezuelan central bank is holding a New Yorka bank or any US clause 25B of the Federal Reserve Act … This certificate will help Venezuela to preserve this property for the benefit of the Venezuelan people. "
According to Tortosa, the American goal of issuing sanctions was a blow to the Venezuelan economy and made it difficult for people in the country to buy supplies. The diplomat urged the United States to launch a misdemeanor for "taking over Venezuela and handing over property to another person".
In addition, Mr. Tortosa accused the United States of being involved in an incident in which the Bank of England did not return 31 tons of gold reserves worth $ 1.2 billion to Caracas.
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