BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The US government should join efforts to achieve stability in the global oil market, instead of distancing itself from the future of energy, Manuel Quevedo, Venezuelan oil minister and PDVSA company head, said Wednesday.
“Attacking OPEC, trying to divide its members and to give orders through social networks, [the US government] is distancing itself from future energy prospects very much. We want to work together for the common benefit of all countries,” Quevedo said as quoted in a PDVSA statement, noting that the US government should join the work to achieve stability of the world oil market.
Last week, oil prices fell just below $67 per barrel after the United States hit another record in oil production by pumping 12 million barrels per day, undermining efforts of other major oil producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, at limiting their production to stabilize the market.
The Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA has felt the impact of Washington’s policy itself: in January it was sanctioned by Washington, with the $7 billion in PDVSA’s assets being blocked. They also banned the deals with the entity as part of an effort to facilitate a power transfer in Caracas. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed to reporters that by blocking PDVSA assets the US was taking care of the company “in the interests of the Venezuelan people”.
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