Maduro offered the West to lift sanctions on Venezuela instead of providing it with humanitarian aid

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday offered Western countries to lift sanctions on the Republic, and not send humanitarian aid if they want to help the Venezuelan people.

“First they [Western countries] block our billions of dollars, and then they say they want to send humanitarian aid. If you want to help Venezuela, then stop the blockade and lift the sanctions,” Maduro said, whose speech in the Venezuelan foreign Ministry is broadcast on Twitter.

The Venezuelan leader added that his country ” is not going to ask for anything in the world.” “Venezuela can do it itself,” — said Maduro.

On January 28, the US administration imposed sanctions against the Venezuelan state company PVDSA. At the same time, the US Treasury promised to issue temporary licenses that allow “some transactions” of the oil and gas company. In addition, the US subsidiary owned by the Venezuelan company — the oil refining operator Citgo Petroleum — will be able to continue its work, provided that the money received by it remains on the accounts blocked in the US and will not be sent to PDVSA.