Venezuela is pushing back against U.S. sanctions before the World Trade Organization, including ones imposed against its controversial cryptocurrency efforts.
The complaint, filed late last month and published this week, addresses a number of actions taken by the U.S. in recent years, claims that the country is infringing on Venezuela's rights under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) signed in 1994 and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Notably, the complaint notes certain restrictions placed upon "Venezuelan digital currency" transactions.
"The United States has imposed certain coercive trade-restrictive measures on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the context of attempts to isolate Venezuela economically," the complaint reads.
Venezuela's complaint claims that these sanctions are "discriminatory coercive trade-restrictive measures."
In particular, the complaint explains, the measures mean Venezuelan financial services and financial service suppliers receive "less favorable" treatment than services and suppliers in other WTO member nations.
For that reason, such measures are in violation of Article II:1 of the GATS, which states that no member nation will treat another member less favorably than any other nation, according to Venezuela.
The complaint goes on to say:
says member nations will not treat financial services and service suppliers of other nations less favorably than they treat such providers in their own nations.
, the U.S. has 60 days to respond to Venezuela's complaint. Should the nation fail to do so, Venezuela can then ask the WTO to decide on the complaint's merits.
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