AMLO's government sent USD 200 million in oil to Cuba, but has not received a payment

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View of an oil tanker entering Havana Bay, in a file photograph. EFE/ Ernesto Mastrascusa

The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent about $200 million in oil to Cuba so far in 2023, according to calculations by the Energy Institute of the University of Texas, in the United States.

The agency EFE reported this Saturday that, through a study prepared by crossing data from oil tanker monitoring platforms with daily market prices, the Caribbean island has received from Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) a total of 2.81 million barrels of crude oil and derivatives since Last March.

For example, according to the study, in August Mexico shipped 465 thousand barrels worth 36.2 million dollars, while in July there were 730 thousand barrels worth 49.4 million dollars.

The last shipment of which there is a record is from September 16, when the tanker Vilma - with a Cuban flag - arrived at the port of Cienfuegos (in the center of the country) with 350 thousand barrels, with a value of 29.4 million dollars, from from the Port of Pajaritos, in the state of Veracruz.

In this way, the Energy Institute of the University of Texas pointed out that the Mexican parastatal has become one of the largest suppliers of crude oil to the Miguel Díaz-Canel regime this year, which practically depends on imports from allied countries such as Russia. and Venezuela to get its energy system up and running.

However, Mexico has not obtained the corresponding payment. In recent days, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Alicia Bárcena, indicated to the Bloomberg agency that her country is evaluating “options” to charge Cuba for the fuel it sends.

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