In an interview with TassVenezuelan ambassador to Russia, Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa, said US sanctions were an act of taking over the property of Caracas.
"They freeze accounts and transactions with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. We have a big business in Houston, USA called Citgo. In America, we have more than 10,000 petrol stations and this is the revenue of the Venezuelan government, but they all freeze. We will sue them in international courts for these actions, "Tortosa said.
On January 23, Congressional leader Juan Guaido called himself a provisional president of Venezuela, moves that the United States and some allies in Europe and Latin America supported.
On January 28, the administration of US President Donald Trump announced sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. These are the strongest financial sanctions of Washington that have ever put pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Accordingly, Washington will freeze $ 7 billion in this property and VATSA is expected to lose $ 11 billion from export revenue next year.
US State Department spokesman Roberto Palladino said on January 29th: "On January 25, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Juan Guaido's authority to receive and control certain assets Venezuelan Venezuelan Central Bank holds a reserve bank of New York or any US guarantee bank according to Article 25B of the Federal Reserve Act … This certificate will help Venezuela save this property for the benefit of the Venezuelan people. "
According to Tortosa, the US target of sanctions was a blow to the Venezuelan economy and made it difficult for people in the country to buy supplies. The diplomat called on the United States to launch a misdemeanor for "taking Venezuelan property and handing it over to another person".
In addition, Mr. Tortosa has accused the United States of being involved in an incident in which the British bank did not return 31 tonnes of gold reserves worth $ 1.2 billion for Caracas.