At any moment Mexico will sell gasoline to Venezuela without worrying about US sanctions

Mexico would sell gasoline to Venezuela if that country were to make a request, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said today, despite US sanctions on such trade.

"If they were to make a request, it would be a humanitarian need and we would do it," Lopez Obrador said, specifying that Venezuela had not yet asked.

“Venezuela has not made a request of us, but if it were a humanitarian necessity, we would do it,” López Obrador said during a visit to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. “We are free, Mexico is an independent country, sovereign, we make our own decisions and we don’t get involved in the policies of other countries.

“It is self-determination of the people and help in humanitarian ways. No one has the right to oppress others, no hegemony can squash another country,” he added.

The position could stress relations with the United States, Mexico’s neighbor and largest trading partner. López Obrador has managed to navigate a positive relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, while brushing aside Trump’s broader attacks on Mexicans and migrants.

It’s also not clear Mexico would be in a position to sell gasoline. While it is an oil-producing nation, a lack of refining capacity forces it to purchase most of its gasoline from the United States. The country’s Energy Ministry said last year that three-quarters of Mexico’s gasoline is imported.

The United States has imposed sanctions aimed at choking the administration of Venezuela(s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and it has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president, though he has no de facto power within the country.

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