Press Release:– The control of the natural resources of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is the underlying objective of the hostile policy adopted by the United States government against the Latin American country, the Minister of Popular Power reiterated for the Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza.
During a press conference at the Venezuelan Embassy in Moscow, the diplomat denounced the resurgence of illegal unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela from the White House.
“As they have not been able through the coup d’état, of the assassination, to facilitate the policy of regime change by force they have decided to drown the Venezuelan economy,” warned the foreign minister and emphasized that the United States lacks moral or legal authority to apply sanctions to other nations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs maintains that the unilateral economic blockade of
Venezuela has its maximum expression in the international financial system, which makes it difficult for the State to import basic goods to meet the needs of the population, including food, medicines and medical supplies.
“What has generated is suffering in the Venezuelan people (…) It is criminal what the government of the United States is doing and we are going to insist on diplomacy, in dialogue, so that the Venezuelan economy is unblocked,” he added.
Chancellor Arreaza insisted on the situation of 26 Venezuelan patients who are in Italy under a PDVSA agreement with a foundation for bone marrow transplantation, whose lives are at risk as a result of the blockade of the country: the transaction for 4,851 .252 euros needed for his attention has been frustrated in the wake of the economic siege.
In his meeting with the media, the diplomat also made reference – to mention a few cases – to the $ 1,359 million from the Venezuelan State that has been withheld in the Bank of England and the € 1,543 million blocked in the Novo Banco de Portugal.
They are resources of the Venezuelan people, for their food, health, public services, housing, infrastructure,” he said.
Faced with this situation, he reported that on April 24 he began a campaign against the economic blockade of Venezuela at the United Nations.
Crimes to the most vulnerable population
US sanctions against state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) have implied in practice the suspension of health programs for vulnerable patients, warned the executive secretary of Venezuela’s National Human Rights Council, Larry Devoe.
In recent weeks, it has become evident how the economic and financial blockade is impacting the most vulnerable sectors of the population, particularly in cases of patients. In this regard, Devoe cited as examples health programs that PDVSA was pursuing with institutions in Italy and Argentina, which were hampered by the measures of the US government.
“At present we have about 24 patients in Italy. They are receiving treatment, but their situation is at risk, because the international financial system refuses to process the bank transfers requested by PDVSA,” he explained.
He also explained that for many years, PDVSA with its subsidiary CITGO has an agreement “with the Association for Bone Marrow Transplantation that is in Italy, a program that has allowed the care of more than 500 patients throughout its history” .
In addition to the 24 patients who are in Italy, there are another 12 on the waiting list to travel from Venezuela to the European nation to attend. In this regard, Devoe explained that it is “patients with leukemia who were in the initial stages of their diagnosis and that, given the de facto suspension of this program, they will undoubtedly be affected by their human rights.”
Devoe also reported on the situation suffered by other Venezuelan patients whose treatments are performed in Argentina, “PDVSA through the Simón Bolívar Foundation has an agreement with the Italian Hospital in Argentina, in Buenos Aires and through this program more than 109 children and adults have moved there to undergo liver transplants, “he said.
The executive secretary of the National Council of Human Rights of Venezuela said that patients “are also affected because PDVSA is unable to continue providing resources for their treatment as a result of these measures.”
“The United States government has practically robbed our country of its main company with presence in the United States, which was CITGO, a subsidiary of PDVSA. It was through CITGO that all these health assistance programs were channeled,” he emphasized.
European banks block accounts and loot the resources of Venezuela, only the Bank of London keeps 453 million euros kidnapped that would be used to buy food and medicine.
The illegal appropriation of monetary resources of Venezuela by contribution of the US government and the European Union:
*Bank of England $ 1,359 million.
*Citibank € 196 million.
*Bank of Glemstrem € 453 million.
*North Capital € 238 million.
*Novo Bank € 1,543 million.
*Sumitomo € 415 million.
Nine (09) million boxes of food have not been able to enter the country. Three hundred thousand (300,000) doses of insulin are being withheld. The economic and financial blockade obstructs Venezuela’s access to food, medicine, basic goods and financing, this has a hard impact on the country’s economic performance.