Turkey has come out against the USA’s decision on Venezuela sanctions, according to a statement made by the spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy on August 9.
Yury Byaly, the Vice-President of the Experimental Creative Center Foundation in an interview to a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent on January 30, 2018 named the reason why the US Treasury included Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, into the Kremlin Report.
The EU Council of Foreign Ministers decided to embargo any arms supplies to Venezuela, RT reported on November 13.
The EU substantiated the arms embargo by reasons of humanitarian nature. The main argument is that arms could be used “for internal repression”. Another condition for lifting the sanctions is the introduction of domestic policy measures which would be accepted by the EU: an election recognized to be democratic by the Europeans, release of “political prisoners”, and respect for “democratic institutes”. Also, the EU, inspired by the example of the USA, reserves the right to impose personal sanctions against Venezuelan officials.
The United States pursues two aims with its sanctions against Venezuela: seizure of the country’s natural resources and defeating the Bolivarian Revolution, Tania Diaz, the deputy of the National Assembly, said on August 28, RIA Novosti news agency reports.
During the Austrian World Summit for climate on June 20, Christian Kern, the Chancellor of Austria, said that Europe should oppose US pressure on European companies participating in joint projects with Russia for supplying gas to the European market, TASS Russian news agency reported.
“Gas should become the technology that will build a link to clean energy. It is wrong to put the stake on coal. It is regrettable the US Senate last week made a decision to expand the threat of sanctions to all companies that participate in joint energy projects with Russia. Specifically, the measure applies to the construction of new gas pipelines expected to compensate for dwindling exploration and development in the North Sea, ” said Kern.
He also called for adopting decisions which would be beneficial for Europeans and independent of the US Senate.
“I cannot accept such an approach. Europe should decide on its own how to meet its energy demand. It is important for us to guarantee jobs in industries. We are against the bill that has received support from the US Senate, which maintains that US liquefied natural gas is to have a new market in Europe, “ said the Austrian leader.
The US Senate on June 15 voted for a bill tightening unilateral sanctions against Russia and Iran.
The bill is now to go before the House of Representatives for approval to then be submitted to President D. Trump for signature.
It proposes to reducing the maximum period of market financing for Russian banks under sanctions to 14 days, and up to 30 days for companies in the oil and gas sector. Sanctions will also affect metallurgy, ship-building, and mining industries.
Recently, representatives of French gas companies also issued statements condemning the sanctions imposed by the US Senate on Western European companies for their participation in the construction of the “Nord Stream-2” gas pipeline with Russia.
[These statements by French gas companies and the Austrian Chancellor, as well as the recent statement by the US President supporting the construction of the “Southern Gas Corridor” (SGC) from Azerbaijan, may mark the beginning of a new round of gas wars in Eurasia. Yuri Byaly prepared an analysis of natural gas wars in his articles published in the “Essence of Time” newspaper (Russian:”Суть времени”). The translation of this series of articles, Escalation of the Global Gas War, can be found on our website – Editor]
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency
Democrats and Republicans are on the verge of proposing a bill boosting sanctions against Russia, Senator Lindsey Graham said on June 12, the Politico magazine reports.
According to the magazine, the bill pushed by Democrats would impose a statutory bar preventing US President Donald Trump from easing Russia sanctions. Also, Senator Graham said that “if the President doesn’t sign the bill to punish Russia, he would be betraying democracy”.