The Secretary of State also said that the company &# 171; Rosneft&# 187; continues to buy oil from the Venezuelan state-owned company PDVSA, despite US sanctions
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia and Cuba of contributing to the political crisis in Venezuela by backing President Nicolas Maduro.
The head of American diplomacy also said that he called on India not to help Maduro’s government by buying Venezuelan oil..
Pompeo’s statement comes after the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a Russian bank «Eurofinance Mosnarbank» for helping Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA evade US financial constraints.
«This story would be incomplete without recognizing the central role that Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the Venezuelan people’s dreams of democracy and their well-being.», – Pompeo told reporters.
In the meantime, there is no need to know about it. ”«Moscow, like Havana, continues to provide political cover for the Maduro regime, demanding other countries to ignore the democratic legitimacy of interim President Guaidó», – he added.
0:00 0:00:36 0:00 In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken several steps to increase pressure on Maduro and support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been named interim president by the United States and more than 50 other countries.
However, Maduro, who accuses Guaido of the US-led coup attempt, continues to enjoy the support of Russia and China, and maintains control over government institutions, including the military..
Earlier Monday, Pompeo met with Indian Foreign Minister Vijay Gokhale at the State Department and discussed a range of issues with him, including India’s oil purchases from the Maduro government..
«We ask from India the same as from any other country: do not be an economic lifeline for the Maduro regime.», – said Pompeo, without going into the details of the negotiations.
Pompeo said that the Russian company «Rosneft» ignores US sanctions by continuing to buy oil from PDVSA, which was sanctioned in January.
«Russian state company "Rosneft" continues to purchase crude oil from PDVSA, Venezuela’s state oil company, despite US sanctions. And the head "Rosneft" Igor Sechin continues to save the regime», – he said.
Pompeo accused Moscow of vetoing a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for unimpeded delivery of aid to those in need and supporting the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.
«Instead of supporting this noble goal, Russia has proposed its own resolution, which serves no other purpose than supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime.», – indicated by the secretary of state.
«Russia has also used its state-sponsored disinformation bodies such as Russia Today and "Satellite" to divert attention from the humanitarian catastrophe of the Maduro regime», – he added.
Russia has spent huge sums of money in Venezuela to maintain close ties with the regime, Pompeo said.
«The total amount of Russian loans and investments in Venezuela exceeds $ 17 billion, – he said. – Russian companies are still trying to help the Maduro regime convert the country’s gold reserves into cash and thus continue to squander the assets of the Venezuelan people. – assets he will need to rebuild his future».
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Pompeo named PDVSA «personal ATM of the Maduro regime and Russian oligarchs and kleptocrats».
«Russia has also supplied the Hugo Chavez and Maduro regimes with a large number of weapons, including 5,000 man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems and other types of lethal assistance. The Kremlin supports its Venezuelan cronies against the will of the people of the sovereign country to protect the regime friendly to Moscow», – he stressed.
Earlier, the US Treasury Department announced that all US assets «Eurofinance Mosnarbank», described as joint property of Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies will be frozen and American citizens prohibited from doing business with this bank.
The Ministry of Finance said the bank was created in 2011 with the participation of the Venezuelan National Development Fund, known as FONDEN, which received 49 percent of the bank’s shares..
Russian «Gazprombank» and the Russian state bank VTB received 25 percent of shares each «Eurofinance Mosnarbank», which was founded as a bi-national bank to finance joint Russian-Venezuelan oil and infrastructure projects, the ministry said.
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