LatinNews Daily - 21 March 2022

US rules out lifting Venezuela oil sanctions "at this time"

Venezuela: On 14 March US White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the prospect for US oil imports from Venezuela was “not an active conversation at this time”. She was responding to a question at a press briefing by a reporter who said that “last week at a briefing, you told us that us, as reporters, should, quote, “not focus a lot” of our conversations “about the future of the United States importing oil at this point…from Venezuela.”  When asked whether the White House is considering an offer from Colombia’s President Iván Duque regarding the “possibility of supplying more Colombian oil to the US as an alternative to Venezuelan oil”, Psaki said “we are continuing to talk to a range of producers on the importance of maintaining global supply.  This is not, as you know, about just the supply in the US but about ensuring there is supply for the global market.  And we do appreciate our partnership with Colombia.  And President [Joe] Biden did discuss a range of issues like economic recovery, energy security during their conversation.  But beyond that, I don’t have an update on what that might look like”.

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