00:51 GMT14 August 2020
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    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - The United States is using sanctions and aggressive policies against countries around the world to impose their dominance in the international arena, Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on Thursday at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2019.

    "Today, there are certain countries, primarily the United States, which are trying to impose their policies, the policy of domination through the use of unilateral sanctions, by waging trade wars and through direct aggression against peoples," the vice president said.

    Venezuela has become of those countries that fell under US sanctions in 2019 after the eruption of the political crisis in the country in January.

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    Washington, which has been supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in his attempts to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power, in particular, blocked some of the country's oil assets and imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA.

    The United States is hoping to deliver a hard blow on the country's economy, heavily dependent on oil exports, and force Maduro to step down.

    Help From Abroad

    The official denied on Thursday that his country needed more Russian weapons or loans to buy them.

    "No, we do not need them [weapons] at the moment. We are working to strengthen our defence systems", El Aissami said on the sidelines of the St.Petersburg International Economic Forum.

    He said that Venezuela’s "defence industry project" had guaranteed Venezuelan and Russian financing, stressing these were their common funds.

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    Aissami commented on the Chinese advisors in the Latin American country, stating that both states are acting in line with previous agreements.

    "We are not acting sporadically, but within the framework of agreements. We have relations that are constantly evolving. These are dynamic relations, the situation is changing all the time", he added.

    Both Russia and China supported legitimate President Maduro earlier this year, when opposition leader Juan Guaido, backed by Washington and its allies, proclaimed himself the new interim president of Venezuela, leading to a political crisis in the country.

    Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami has continued on by saying that Venezuela and a range of Russian companies are discussing the possibility for Russia to pour funds into the Venezuelan coal industry.

    Venezuela and several Russian companies are also discussing possible investment into Venezuelan metallurgy, he added.

    El Aissami praised the Russian-Venezuelan cooperation as "fruitful".

    The two countries currently cooperate on trade, finance and energy, with defence being the key cooperation area, the vice president stressed. He added that Russia and Venezuela were currently creating new programs in order to expand their relations.

    Maduro May Visit Russia at Any Time

    Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami has also elaborated that the visit by President Nicolas Maduro to Russia might occur at any time.

    "The range of joint issues with Russia is very broad and dynamic. The visit may occur at any time, specific information may appear at any time", El Aissami said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

    SPIEF is taking place in St. Petersburg from Thursday until Saturday. Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency is the official media partner of the forum.


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