Venezuela to Include US Sanctions Against Rosneft Trading in ICC Complaint

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Caracas will include US sanctions against Russian energy company Rosneft's trading subsidiary Rosneft Trading in a complaint filed earlier with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the United States, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said.

"These actions against Rosneft Trading violate freedom of trade and business. We will include these actions in our complaint against the United States to the International Criminal Court", Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

Las medidas coercitivas unilaterales de EEUU contra Rosneft Trading, van dirigidas contra nuestra industria petrolera, sus trabajadores y la economía venezolana. Siguen agrediendo al pueblo de Venezuela, tratando de generar sufrimiento y dificultades.
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Today we sanctioned Russian-owned oil firm Rosneft Trading S.A., cutting off Maduro’s main lifeline to evade our sanctions on the Venezuelan oil sector. Those who prop up the corrupt regime and enable its repression of the Venezuelan people will be held accountable.

Estas medidas arbitrarias contra la empresa rusa Rosneft Trading, violan el derecho al libre comercio y a la libre empresa. Sumaremos estas acciones unilaterales a la denuncia penal que hemos introducido contra los funcionarios estadounidenses ante la Corte Penal Internacional.

Venezuela earlier filed a complaint with the Hague Tribunal regarding the restrictions that the United States had been imposing on the country since 2014.

Russian energy company Rosneft has slammed Washington's sanctions on its trading subsidiary as illegal and groundless, while also pledging to look into ways to protect itself judicially after studying the released documents of the US Department of the Treasury related to the restrictions.

On Tuesday, the United States announced sanctions against Swiss-based Rosneft Trading S.A. and its head, Didier Casimiro, accusing the Rosneft oil brokerage subsidiary of handling over 70 percent of Venezuela's exports in circumvention of US sanctions. 

The US also gave the companies doing business with Rosneft Trading 90 days to disentangle the arrangements.

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