After 20 years of corruption, embezzlement and bad practices, the dictatorship has destroyed PDVSA and the Venezuelan oil industry, generating a deep fuel crisis that has affected the Venezuelan people for years and today leaves Venezuela without gasoline while Maduro continues to send shipments of crude oil to Cuba. In this way, the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, responded to the international spokesman of the dictatorship, Jorge Arreaza, who intends to endorse the international sanctions against the regime of the gasoline shortage generated by Maduro.
“Arreaza, the unusual thing is that a country with the largest oil reserves in the world, with five refineries (with a capacity to refine 1.3 million barrels a day) that before the arrival of Chávez produced all the fuel our internal market needed, has run out of gasoline. The above shows that it is you, and not the United States, who are responsible for the tragedy, as well as the lack of planning. In 20 years you destroyed PDVSA and all the industries that produced gasoline additives. Lack of maintenance and corruption,” Vecchio said while posting a video in which Nicolas Maduro affirms that Venezuela’s problems are the fault of his regime and “not of Donald Trump.”
Vecchio insists that the looting, destruction of PDVSA, lack of maintenance and corruption of the dictatorship has left Venezuela without gasoline. He gave as an example that Maduro’s regime “let the Amuay refinery explode due to lack of maintenance where 40 people died. No insurance company paid for this tragedy because the insurance and reinsurance companies were also robbed. That is why there is no gasoline today”.
The ambassador of President Juan Guaidó’s interim government urged Arreaza to ask Venezuelans in border states such as Zulia and Táchira if the lack of fuel began this week. “No, it’s been going on for years. You are also part of the fuel smuggling mafia that leaves the country without gasoline,” referring to a news item in Spain’s El País newspaper in 2017.
Vecchio told Arreaza that while the regime blames international sanctions for the lack of gasoline in Venezuela, “you continue sending free oil to Cuba.”
In the Ambassador’s opinion, “the quarantine that the world is experiencing today as a result of the pandemic, the Venezuelans have been living it for 14 years” and in the midst of the world crisis by the COVID19 “the Maduro dictatorship continues to play at plundering PDVSA. It is a war between its mafias. They took away the fuel import business from Diosdado Cabello’s friends to give it to Nicolas Maduro’s friend, Alex Saab. Their corruption leaves the people without gasoline,” in what he calls an “anti-democratic quarantine.”
While Venezuela faces extreme vulnerability to the pandemic and the regime maintains the opacity of cases in Venezuela, State Department Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak announced an additional $9 million in international aid to assist Venezuelans.
“We continue to receive support from the United States. We have secured an additional $9 million to support the fight against COVID-19 All of these resources have been managed directly by the United States through international organizations,” tweeted Vecchio who thanked USAID Administrator Mark Green and Secretary Kozak.