August 31, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Despite the United States placing aggressive sanctions on Venezuela, the Latin American country has offered $5 million in aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the United States.
It was announced on state television on Wednesday by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza that Venezuela’s US-based oil subsidiary Citgo would cooperate with local authorities in Texas to distribute the funds to the hurricane victims.
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“There will be direct aid from Citgo, a contribution of up to 5 million dollars, to support the affected families affected in Houston and Corpus Christi in collaboration and coordination with their mayors and local authorities, of course. In second place, we are planning on allocating a percentage of sales of our production of Citgo gasoline towards the construction and substitution of housing and shelters.”
“We put at their disposal everything the Bolivarian revolution can contribute at the moment of supplies, from brigade members, rescue workers, community doctors who were trained with the spirit of addressing this kind of catastrophe, Petrocasas (mass housing), and everything that the affected area could need right now. We repeat: this is an expression of Venezuela’s solidarity, beyond any political difference, that we must express today in the face of the effects of a devastating natural phenomenon.”
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.