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Venezuela offers EU energy aid in exchange for lifting sanctions

O ditador do país, Nicolás Maduro, participa de evento com a Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol (Conmebol), em Caracas (Venezuela), em julho de 2022.
The country’s dictator, Nicolás Maduro, participates in an event with the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), in Caracas (Venezuela), in July 2022.
| Photo: EFE/ Rayner Peña

At a meeting of chancellors of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) , Venezuela said it was willing to help the European bloc in energy issues, but asked for the suspension of sanctions and the release of the Caribbean country’s assets.

The request was made by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Carlos Faría, who assured that “President Nicolás Maduro is willing to help the EU overcome its energy crisis, with fair trade, equality of conditions and benefits”.

“ We only demand the release of our assets in European banks and the suspension of the economic and financial blockade against Venezuela”, he added.

During the meeting that took place in Buenos Aires, the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs defended the “total and absolute lifting” of any sanctions or blocks against Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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