Venezuela Plans to Appeal to The Hague Over US Effort to Halt Oil Trade With Other Countries – Sputnik International

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This file photo taken on November 23, 2015 shows the building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands

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The Latin American country already filed an appeal against Washington in the International Criminal Code (ICC) in February, arguing that US sanctions against Caracas constitute a crime against humanity.

Venezuela considers US efforts to impede the trade of its oil a violation of international law, and will appeal to the ICC in The Hague, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Tuesday.

鈥淣ew threats of sanctions and confessions from a US spokesman confirm [US] aggression against Venezuela. With the resources earned from the sale of oil, medicines, food and supplies are purchased for our people. Preventing this is a crime. We will raise this issue before the International Criminal Court,鈥 Arreaza wrote, embedding a video featuring Trump administration figure Mauricio Claver-Carone threatening leading Spanish oil giant Repsol with sanctions if it continues to export crude oil from Venezuela.

In the video, Claver-Carone, who serves as director of the National Security Council Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, threatens Repsol and other foreign oil companies with US sanctions over their continued cooperation with Venezuela.

鈥淭here are no exceptions for any company in the world. We spoke with Repsol, we spoke with India鈥檚 Reliance, with Italy鈥檚 Eni鈥e explained to them that if they continue this activity, they may be at risk of sanctions,鈥 the official says.

This is the second time Caracas has promised to appeal to the ICC over its right to do business with other countries since February, when it sent a complaint to the court over US sanctions against Rosneft Trading, a subsidiary of Russian oil giant Rosneft, over its dealings with Venezuela. 鈥淭hese actions against Rosneft Trading violate freedom of trade and business,鈥 Arreaza wrote at the time. Caracas added the Rosneft complaint to its appeal to the Hague Tribunal regarding US restrictions imposed on the country since 2014. It鈥檚 not clear whether Tuesday鈥檚 complaint will be filed as a separate case, or added to Caracas鈥檚 existing charges against the US.

The US slapped sanctions on Venezuelan state oil-giant PDVSA in early 2019, after recognizing self-proclaimed 鈥榠nterim president鈥 Juan Guaido as the country鈥檚 leader. US measures have also included the seizure of $7 billion in PDVSA overseas properties, including those of US-based gas retailer Citgo. In March, Curacao-based oil firm Refineria di Korsou also seized a PDVSA oil terminal on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire following a payment dispute.

Washington has transferred some of the seized oil assets over to Guaido and his allies, despite media reports that members of his 鈥榠nterim government鈥 have been dipping into and siphoning off these funds for their own personal use.

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