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Ratification of sanctions against Venezuela to deepen energy crisis

Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Angel Rodríguez, president of the Energy and Petroleum Commission at the National Assembly, noted on Tuesday that the ratification of sanctions against Venezuela will deepen the energy crisis in both the United States and Europe.

In statements published in this capital, the legislator pointed out that “it would be a wrong decision” for the US Government to proceed this way.

Rodríguez stated that the Bolivarian Republic is a safe energy supplier for both Europe and the United States, and insisted that ratifying the sanctions against Venezuelan oil would deepen the energy crisis in Europe and the United States.

He explained that at present, oil prices settle around 85 dollars a barrel, and a liter of gasoline tops one dollar in the United States.

The lawmaker added that for the electoral campaign of US President Joe Biden, making decisions against Venezuelan oil “implies a significant increase in hydrocarbons at the domestic level.”

He commented that some European countries have no intention of stopping the military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, nor the conflict in the Middle East, and the White House continues to provide the resources to fuel the conflicts.

During Tuesday’s broadcast of the “Con Maduro +” radio program, the president spoke about the talks with the United States, which led to the signing of an agreement of which, as he claimed, “they never respected a single comma.”

He recalled that a year ago, the White House requested to hold talks with us in a private and reserved manner and certified that Venezuela has always respected the reserved and private meetings.

In those conversations, participants reached agreements that were written and signed and had at their center the total lifting of all illegal and criminal sanctions against Venezuela, Maduro added.

The president commented that there were ups and downs after the exchange with diplomat Alex Saab. Since January, the United States has threatened to revoke license no. 44 granted six months ago.

He described that license as colonialist and estimated that Washington intends to monitor, control, and tutor the national oil industry so that Venezuela lives from the licenses they give, and then “you have to do this or I will take your license away,” he stressed.