"Fortunately, Venezuela has resources in euros, yuan, petro… We have to completely free ourselves from the blackmail of the dollar", Maduro said speaking at a meeting with governors, mayors and the youth of cities dedicated to the Beautiful Venezuela programme.
His speech was broadcast on his Twitter blog.
Last year, Maduro announced that his country had launched a national blockchain-based cryptocurrency, the petro. The measure enabled any Venezuelan to register in the blockchain and acquire petro for convertible currency.
The cryptocurrency was officially launched in February 2018. Its value was pegged to the price of a barrel of Venezuelan oil, which Maduro estimated in early January 2019 at 36,000 new sovereign bolivars, four times more than last year.
Since August, Venezuela has had two currencies — the petro and the sovereign bolivar, which was introduced to replace the bolivar due to its hyperinflation caused by falling oil prices and the broader economic crisis in the country. The bolivar, however, also remains in use for the duration of the transition period.