The House of Representatives adopted documents on combating Russia’s influence in Venezuela and contacts between Moscow and Caracas on security, as well as on countering Russian energy supplies to Europe.
The House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a package of bills on countering Russia’s influence in Venezuela and gas supplies to European countries. In order for the documents to come into force, it must be adopted in the Senate and signed by the US President Donald Trump.
The first bill concerns Russia’s increased presence in the Western hemisphere, which is of concern to the United States and its allies in the region. “The regime of Nicolas Maduro turned to Russia, one of his strongest political allies, for financial support during the economic crisis and countering international support of Juan Guaido”, — the document says.
No later than 120 days after the adoption of the bill, the US Secretary of state will be obliged to report to the Congress on Russian-Venezuelan relations in the field of security, as well as on the potential threat of such cooperation for the US and Western Europe.
Also within a month, the Secretary of state will be obliged to provide a strategy to counter threats related to cooperation between Moscow and Caracas. In addition, within three months it is necessary to assess the potential threat from the purchase of energy infrastructure by Russian companies Citgo, the “daughter” of the national Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Persons whom the Secretary of state considers acting on behalf of Russia in favor of the Venezuelan security forces are invited to ban entry to the United States, as well as to withdraw their visas.
The second bill concerns reducing the dependence of European countries on Russian gas supplies. The document proposes to assist them in protecting against countries “using energy dependence for undue political influence, such as Russia, which used natural gas to coerce, intimidate, and influence other countries”. Energy security of European countries depends on the development of accessible, transparent and competitive markets, public and private investment in the United States, the bill says.