Venezuela oil deal not under discussion, White House says – Reuters

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that the possibility of the United States importing oil from Venezuela is “not an active conversation at this time” after US officials met with the Venezuelan government to discuss the matter.

After being asked by a reporter on Monday about her previous comments, which advised journalists to “not too focused” on the possibility of the US importing oil from Venezuela, and whether those comments meant the US government ruled out such a deal, Psaki claimed that an oil deal was not yet under discussion.

“I was saying it’s not an active conversation right now,” she says.

Senior US officials traveled to Venezuela this month to meet President Nicolas Maduro’s government amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, suggesting the US was eyeing Venezuela as a substitute for oil Russian.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia announced after the meeting that the country was ready to sell oil to the United States while remaining “faithful” in Moscow. However, the United States has since backtracked on this idea.

The United States has also apparently turned to the Middle East to replace Russian oil. However, it has been reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates have refused to speak to US President Joe Biden in recent weeks.

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