1. Venezuela to sell oil in Indian rupee, Chinese yuan among other currencies

Venezuela to sell oil in Indian rupee, Chinese yuan among other currencies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his government will sell oil and other commodities in currencies like the Indian rupee, Chinese yuan and Japanese yen, in a bid to weather US-imposed sanctions on the embattled country.

By: | Caracas | Updated: September 10, 2017 10:05 AM
Venezuela, Venezuela oil, Venezuela oil rupees, Venezuela chinese yuan, Venezuela oil in indian currency, Venezuela news, Venezuela oil rupee, Venezuela Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, Venezuela oil Russian ruble The country has to make USD 3.8 billion in debt payments in October and November, while its foreign currency reserves have sunk under USD 10 billion. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his government will sell oil and other commodities in currencies like the Indian rupee, Chinese yuan and Japanese yen, in a bid to weather US-imposed sanctions on the embattled country.

“I have decided to start selling oil, gas, gold and all other products that Venezuela sells with new currencies, including the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, the Russian ruble, the Indian rupee among others,” he said during a television broadcast. “A economy free from the US imperialist system is possible.”

Washington’s tough new sanctions on Caracas bar US banks from trading in new bonds issued by the government or the state run oil company PDVSA. The goal is to restrict Venezuela’s access to vital bond and equity markets.

The aim is to “deny the Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule,” the White House said.

Maduro railed that they amounted to a financial and economic blockade, as ratings agency Fitch downgraded Venezuela and warned default was now likelier.

The country has to make USD 3.8 billion in debt payments in October and November, while its foreign currency reserves have sunk under USD 10 billion.

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