MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised on Tuesday to certify the new Petro cryptocurrency in the near future, which will be backed by the country's oil reserves.
"In the near future, I will sign the Petro certificates, which will have the support of thousands of oil barrels from Orinoco Belt," Maduro said in a televised statement, adding that national gold and diamond reserves will also support the digital currency.
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On Sunday, Maduro announced the introduction of a digital crypto-currency, the Petro, which is expected to help the country overcome its financial blockade. The Venezuelan Ministry of Finance specified that the cryptocurrency was necessary to make financial transactions and look for new ways of financing.
In November, the United States imposed new sanctions on 10 current and former Venezuelan officials for their role in undermining the country's electoral process, censorship and corruption. The list of individuals includes newly-appointed Culture Minister Ernesto Emilio Villegas Poljak and Minister of the Office of the Presidency Jorge Elieser Marquez Monsalve, as well as Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales, an agriculture minister in charge of the government-run food distribution program.