The House of Representatives of the US Congress introduced a bill under the conditional title “Act on the prevention of the Russian-Venezuelan threat”. The document proposes to introduce a number of measures “to counter Russian influence in Venezuela”.
In particular, the bill proposes to close the entry into the United States for persons “who act or acted on behalf of the government of the Russian Federation for the purposes of direct support of the security forces of Venezuela”. Those who are already in the United States are requested to be expelled immediately. If such a Russian is in prison in the United States, he loses the right to parole. As an exception, only those persons who enter the United States as part of the implementation of international obligations, for example, at the UN session in New York, are mentioned.
In addition, in the document, the US Secretary of state proposed to develop within 30 days and submit to Congress a strategy to counteract the influence of Russia in Venezuela, which, as stated in the bill, “is a potential threat”.
The document also contains a clause regarding the need to assess security risks to the United States associated with “the potential acquisition of the Russian assets of the energy infrastructure of the United States” owned by the Venezuelan oil company CITGO.
As explained in the bill, Venezuela’s default, if this happens, could lead to the fact that the US assets of CITGO will go to Russia, given that the state oil company of Venezuela PdVSA, which owns CITGO, transferred to the Russian side the shares of CITGO as security for the loan issued by “Rosneft”.
The document also explains that the concern of the American side is caused by both financial assistance to Caracas from Moscow and the Venezuelan-Russian military maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea in December 2018, in which two Tu-160 Russian aerospace forces bombers participated from Russia.
The bill was introduced by democratic Congressman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and submitted to the foreign Affairs Committee and the legal Committee of the Congress.