US looks at sanctions of companies that facilitates Venezuelan oil shipments to Cuba

Miami Herald:
The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on companies from third countries that facilitate the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, a senior administration official told the Miami Herald.

“The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, recognized by the U.S. and Europe, where most of these companies are from, has asked us to stop these shipments and we are considering everything to be supportive,” the official said.

The Venezuelan National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, agreed to suspend the shipment of crude oil to Cuba as part of a state of emergency decree approved on Monday to respond to the chaos caused by a major electrical blackout. Guaidó published on Twitter a chart estimating that the Nicolás Maduro regime sends 47,000 barrels of oil per day to Cuba, the equivalent of about $2.5 million under current world oil prices.

The decision “to cut the oil supply to Cuba asserts our independence,” Guaidó wrote on Twitter. “Cuban interference must cease in our #FANB [Bolivarian National Armed Forces]. And the income from oil should boost the reconstruction of Venezuela.”
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The Cubans have been free riding on Venezuelan oil ever since the socialist stole the oil assets of the companies that developed them.  The Nicaraguans have also benefited from the oil booty of Venezuela.

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