UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States is allocating another $ 60 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela, said US Vice President Mike Pence.
“Today, the United States announces the allocation of another $ 60 million in humanitarian aid to respond to this crisis (in Venezuela),” he said at a meeting in the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Venezuela.
Pence recalled that the United States has already placed about 500 tons of humanitarian aid in countries bordering Venezuela, $ 200 million has been allocated to help the people in the country.
He also repeated earlier estimates that 3 million people have already left Venezuela, and by the end of the year the number of refugees could reach up to 5 million.
However, Pence confirmed that the US will continue to exert pressure on the Venezuelan authorities. “The United States will continue to use diplomatic and economic pressure to achieve a peaceful transfer of power in Venezuela. But all options are being considered,” he said.
In Venezuela, the economic crisis has long lasted, aggravated by the financial and economic sanctions imposed on the country.
In particular, the United States on January 28 announced the introduction of sanctions against the national oil and gas company of Venezuela PDVSA, blocking the assets and interests of the company in its jurisdiction for $ 7 billion, and also banned transactions with them.
According to the White House, another 11 billion dollars will be losses in oil supplies.
In January, mass protests began in the country against the country’s legitimate president, Nicolas Maduro, soon after he was sworn in. The head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself the interim head of state.
A number of Western countries, led by the United States, have recognized the recognition of Guayido. Russia, China, Turkey and a number of other countries supported Maduro as a legitimate president. Moscow called the “presidential status” of the Guaido non-existent.
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