Oscar Ronderos, a deputy of the National Assembly, said that the shortage of gasoline in Venezuela is not related to the sanctions, detailing that the country came to produce more than three million barrels per day, while today production does not even reach 600,000 bpd.
Ronderos said that a sign of the low production is that the dictatorship ended up importing gasoline from Iran, a country sanctioned for 10 years by the United States.
“Chavismo pretends to sell as an epic victory what is a great shame,” he said.
The parliamentarian assured that this shipment is due to the impossibility of restructuring the national oil industry because the refineries are in a state of “scrap”, which is why they had to ask Iran for help.
“That gasoline that the ships bring would last between a month and a month and a half but it would continue to be controlled by the mafias, it will be sold for between 2 and 3 dollars, besides which we all know that we are paying for it with gold”, he highlighted.
“With only 20% of the vehicle fleet working, this fuel would last up to a month and a half, however, if the national economy is reactivated and with 100% of the vehicle fleet on the street, the imported gasoline would be enough for only one week,” he said. The five ships sent by the Iranian government are estimated to contain about 1.5 million barrels of fuel.
The deputy said the Iranians are sending this shipment because “they made a great deal. In this sense, he stressed that the regime of Nicolas Maduro is paying for this imported fuel with gold from the vaults of the Central Bank of Venezuela.”