Sanctions to Venezuela have generated losses for one billion dollars

The sanctions against Venezuela imposed by the US empire and its allies have generated losses for a billion dollars to the country, as informed the Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez.

She said that despite these sanctions and blockades, the Bolivarian Government continues to make great efforts to guarantee access to food, medicine, services and other supplies, as well as the right to enjoy a happy Christmas to Venezuelan men and women:

“There is a government and a president concerned about happiness this Christmas for the people, despite being a blocked country, criminally blocked, because many times it is not well known, is not known the reality of what it means to guarantee access to medicine, food and essential services, in a country where it costs us to pay, even having the financial resources, because the entire international financial system blocks the accounts and transactions of Venezuela”, she said.

“What for? With a double purpose, to appropriate our financial resources. Because every financial transaction that the country makes has a rude, brutal and savage surcharge in order to take over our financial resources. Nobody knows, for example, what the sanctions against Venezuela cost. Financial sanctions for a year and a half, have been for one billion dollars”, she said during the beginning of the distribution of the 35 million clothing and footwear items.

She pointed out that due to these sanctions, the operations for the acquisition of food or medicine take four months, approximately, while under normal conditions would only take one day.

In this regard, she highlighted and valued the visit of the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, to Russia to meet with his counterpart Vladimir Putin and thus continue to strengthen relations with the Eurasian country and achieve, through Bolivarian peace diplomacy, an international balance.

She also highlighted the visit of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in the country last Monday to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation with the South American country.