US Mounts Behind-the-Scenes Global Campaign to Cut Venezuelan Oil Supplies

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venezuela has relied on Iranian fuel supplies since the US cut off other trading partners with sanctions and threats. Washington has shied away from using military power to block Iranian shipments, but is going out of its way to halt any other ships carrying fuel and other products to venezuela.

The United States has launched a global push to cut off vital fuel supplies to Venezuela that targets both the government and shippers, Donald Trump’s point man on Venezuela has revealed.

Elliot Abrams told Reuters in an interview that Washington had quietly sent diplomatic warnings to governments “around the world” requesting that they not make fuel shipments to the Latin American country, including denying port services to Venezuela-bound ships.

Abrams added that the US government had alerted ship owners around the world, captains and insurers as well as ports “along the way between Iran and Venezuela”.

It is understood that one of the warnings was sent to Gibraltar, an important refuel hub for vessels sailing across the Atlantic.

The US accuses Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of violating human rights and trampling on democracy. The Trump administration, which backs the self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, has imposed crippling sanctions on the Bolivarian Republic, including on its most important global business – the production and export of crude oil, which accounts for the bulk of its…

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