The US unlocks some sanctions against Venezuela to address the pandemic

The United States Department of the Treasury authorized this Wednesday certain transactions with the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro, to acquire goods related to the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

The Office for the Control of Foreign Assets (OFAC) explained that the license granted includes transactions and activities with the Central Bank of Venezuela, Banco de Venezuela and Banco Bicentenario, among others, that involve the delivery of masks, ventilators and oxygen tanks, vaccines and vaccine production, COVID-19 tests, air filtration systems and field hospitals, among others, Anadolu Agency reports.

However, the decision maintains the prohibition for the export or re-export of any good, technology or service to the military; operations with the state oil company PDVSA and other state companies; as well as the release of any blocked property in accordance with current sanctions.

The general license No.39 is signed by the director of OFAC, Bradley T. Smith and warns that the provisions of its paragraph (c), which refers to “the export or re-export of any good, technology or service to military, intelligence or law enforcement buyers or importers. " denying the right to military or legal defense.
And it keeps blocked "any transaction or activity that involves PDVSA, Bandes, Bandes Uruguay", or any entity owned by those entities, "individually or jointly, directly or indirectly", which keeps the country financially cornered.

The Treasury also approved certain transactions for the Governments of Syria and Iran in the same vein.

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, publicly demanded that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to free up the resources of Venezuela to buy vaccines through the Covax mechanism, since there were four deposits blocked and reported by that mechanism, which prevented the purchase of more vaccines that by right correspond to the country.

The president demanded the "criminal robbery, and the criminal actions of the US against Venezuela", in which a small sector of the Venezuelan right acts in complicity that maintains the request for the financial blockade against the country.



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