amid global energy crisis, Washington eases pressure — RT in French


Following the agreement signed on November 26 in Mexico City between the Venezuelan government and opposition, the Biden administration authorized the oil giant Chevron to partially resume its oil extraction activities in the country.

The representatives of Caracas and the Venezuelan opposition reached this November 26 “a second partial agreement on social protection”. Signed in Mexico, where the talks were held, this agreement should make it possible to release Venezuelan resources blocked abroad in order to finance social projects. “An important step in the right direction,” welcomed AFP a senior US official who requested anonymity Washington. “We join the international community in welcoming the resumption of negotiations,” he added.

In the wake of this announcement, the US Treasury Department authorized the oil giant Chevron to partially relaunch the activities of its joint venture held in the country, in partnership with the public company Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA). Chevron must, however, ensure that “PdVSA does not receive any revenue from oil sales made by Chevron”, which cannot restart other activities with PdVSA.

À la carte sanctions: Washington gives free rein to its industrialists

This partial lifting of sanctions “reflects the long-term policy of the United States aimed at a lifting of sanctions conditional on concrete progress in alleviating the suffering of the Venezuelan people and to support the return of democracy” in the country, according to the statement from the Treasury Department.

A senior US administration official, however, clarified that all other sanctions “remain in place and the United States continues to vigorously enforce them and hold accountable anyone who violates US law, engages in corruption or failure to respect the rule of law in Venezuela”.

In addition, American persons and companies are now authorized to provide certain types of goods and services in Venezuela, while specifying that foreign persons who participate in these transactions will not be subject to American sanctions.

A dialogue renewed by Americans worried about their energy supply

A fierce opponent of a relaxation of pressure against the Venezuelan government, the very influential Bob Menendez, head of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, considered that the signed agreement is “an urgent and necessary step to face to the misery and suffering of the Venezuelan people”, while having “no illusions about Nicolas Maduro’s sudden desire to act in the best interest of his people”.

The country has been facing American-European sanctions for years, including an oil embargo from Washington, in order to push President Nicolas Maduro to leave, for the time being without the success expected by Western chancelleries.

At the beginning of March, after years of intense tension between the Venezuelan and American authorities, Washington dispatched a delegation to Caracas. An American maneuver, only a few days after the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, barely veiled. The double objective of the United States could indeed be to guarantee its energy supply, against the backdrop of the loss of Russian crude oil due to Western sanctions, while seeking to isolate Moscow from its allies. As early as June, the American administration decreed a first relaxation of the sanctions in force against Caracas.


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