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Washington flirts with Caracas with "energy to Europe"... and ignores Maduro

Washington flirts with Caracas with “energy to Europe”… and ignores Maduro

According to the diplomatic rules in force in the world, the right of United State As the host country, like any other country, it may take such a decision in line with its national principles in the field of political action.

But what is remarkable about the current occasion is that an exception Venezuelain particular, from the list of invitees to the summit, is inconsistent with the nature of the climates that prevailed in the atmosphere of relations between Washington And theCaracas, During the past few days, after the US State Department announced the “easing” of sanctions imposed on Venezuela, such as granting licenses to three American, Italian and Spanish companies to start the process of oil and gas production, in preparation for their export to Europe, in order to reduce the percentage of European countries’ dependence on Russian energy sources. .

The Venezuelan president was Nicolas MaduroLast Saturday, he praised what he described as “small but important steps” taken by the United States to “grant licenses” for oil companies, as part of easing economic sanctions imposed on his South American country.

According to Agence France-Presse, Maduro said in an interview with an Argentine radio station, extracts of which were published on the account of the Venezuelan presidency on Twitter: “A week ago, the United States took small, but important steps by granting licenses to the American company Chevron and the Italian Eni. The Spanish “Repsol” to start production gas and oil in Venezuela for export.

double standards

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In this context, Raymond Qebshi, political advisor to the late Venezuelan President, questioned Hugo Chavezwith the sincerity of American intentions towards his country at this stage when “the United States is on the verge of extinction.”

Qebshi revealed to “Sky News Arabia”: “The US administration recently sent high-ranking officials to Caracas to discuss the issue of lifting sanctions on the oil and gas sectors,” noting that “the delegation did not have accurate answers regarding the rest of the economic sanctions” imposed on his country.

It is known that on May 17, the White House announced the easing of some sanctions imposed on Venezuela in 2019 with the aim of removing Maduro from power after the 2018 elections that led to his re-election for a new presidential term.

The easing of sanctions came as part of an attempt to strengthen the dialogue, which was suspended in October last year, and has not yet resumed, between the authority represented by President Maduro, and the opposition represented by Juan Guaido, who is backed by the United States.

And according to what was reported by “Reuters”, on Sunday, the US side hopes that these transactions will reduce the dependence of countries around the world European Union on energy exports from the Russian Federation.

In addition, Washington believes that this will reduce Venezuelan exports to China and push Caracas to negotiate with the opposition.

margins of democracy

However, a senior US official stressed, according to “AFP”, that the US policy towards Venezuela has not changed and that sanctions will be “reduced” if progress is made towards democracy, and “free” elections are held, stressing that the punitive measures will be “tightened” if the process ends. off course.

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In this context, Raymond Qebshi told “Sky News Arabia” that “Venezuela has proven its worth in practicing democratic principles over the past many years through the ballot box,” adding that “the lesson always lies in defining democracy American”.

It is worth noting that in December 2018, Russia deployed two “TU-160” bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs in Venezuela, in reference to its support for Maduro, who was under Western pressure.

It is also noteworthy that Maduro announced, last week, his readiness to resume his country’s relations with Colombia After the second round of the presidential elections scheduled there on June 19, where he will meet the presidential candidate Gustavo Petro from the Socialist Alliance “Historical Charter”, and the independent Rodolfo Hernandez, after the right-wing representative Federico Gutierrez failed to obtain the votes that qualified him to run in the second round.

Caracas had severed diplomatic relations with Bogota in February 2019, when Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, illegally tried to bring so-called humanitarian aid into Venezuela with the support of Colombia, which Caracas considered an invasion attempt.

Maduro has repeatedly accused the current government in Colombia, and President Ivan Duque personally, of trying to assassinate him, as well as attempts to destabilize the situation in Venezuela.