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    Oil pipeline located in the Orinoco Belt, Venezuela, 2012. | Photo: EFE

Published 22 April 2020

Despite the health emergency whereby humanity is going through, the U.S. government has waged a 'maximum pressure' campaign against the Bolivarian people.

President Donald Trump's Administration Tuesday ordered U.S.-based multinational oil companies to gradually shut down their activities in Venezuela.

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The Treasury Department Tuesday issued licenses for U.S. companies Chevron, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker & Hughes, and Weatherford to operate in Venezuela until Dec. 1, 2020.

This extension of their previous permits will only allow those companies to carry out activities for essential maintenance or reduction of operations. This implies they cannot carry out activities related to drilling, processing, and marketing of crude oil or its derivatives.

In 2019, the Trump administration banned imports of Venezuelan oil and transactions with the state-owned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

Since then, U.S. Companies received special licenses that exempt them from sanctions, the most recent of which was granted on January 18 and was valid until April 22.

This new wave of sanctions against the Bolivarian people happens at a time when the price of WTI turns negative for the first time in history, which affects all oil-producing countries.

Before this negative trend in international markets happened, President Nicolas Maduro estimated that the U.S. arbitrary sanctions had caused US$100 billion in losses for his nation.

Nevertheless, Trump continues to harass Venezuela, a country that has 300 billion oil barrels underground, making it the territory with the largest reserves tested and certified worldwide.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The U.S. "has waged a 'maximum pressure' campaign of sanctions and diplomatic measures to oust Maduro," Reuters recalled, commenting that the Bolivarian President's stay in power "has been a growing source of frustration" for Trump.​​​​​​​

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