US pressuring India to end Venezuelan oil purchases

US pressuring India to end Venezuelan oil purchases

The U.S. is pressuring India to not purchase oil from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams told Reuters on Sunday. 

“We say you should not be helping this regime. You should be on the side of the Venezuelan people,” Abrams said.

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Abrams added that the Trump administration has made similar urges to other governments and described the U.S. as “arguing, cajoling, urging.”

The revelation comes as the Trump administration and a number of other foreign governments have recognized Juan Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, as Venezuela's interim president in an effort to get Maduro to step down.

The U.S. has also slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and government officials in Venezuela.

The U.S. last week also threatened to sanction foreign banks that do business with Maduro's government.

National security adviser John Bolton said in a statement last week that foreign banks “will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network.”

“We will not allow Maduro to steal the wealth of the Venezuelan people,” Bolton added.