Maduro hails initial steps taken by US to lift sanctions
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro welcomed Washington's steps to grant licenses to oil companies in order to operate in Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hailed the "small but significant steps taken by the United States to grant licenses to oil companies to operate in Venezuela" as part of an economic sanctions relief package for Caracas.
"A week ago, the United States took small but significant steps by granting licenses to Chevron (US), Eni (Italy), and Repsol (Spain) to begin the process of producing gas and oil for export in Venezuela," Maduro said in an interview with Argentine radio station.
Gracias al compañero @atilioboron por invitarme a su programa “Diálogo Internacional”. Estuvimos conversando sobre la geopolítica actual y la resistencia histórica que ha tenido el pueblo venezolano para enfrentar el bloqueo criminal por parte de los EE. UU. pic.twitter.com/84kAjFdJcO— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) June 5, 2022
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