House committee approves anti-OPEC lawsuit bill

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The US House of Representatives Commission passed a bill allowing antitrust lawsuits against countries belonging to the International Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This was announced on Tuesday, April 20, according to Reuters.

The No oil Producing and Exporing Cartles (NOPEK) bill, introduced by Republican MP Steve Shabo, empowers the US Department of Justice to initiate antitrust lawsuits against OPEC countries and allows US courts to try similar cases.

It is noted that the next stage of consideration of the project will be for the full composition of the House of Representatives of the Congress. However, such bills, aimed at increasing pressure on the OPEC countries, have been “unsuccessfully” presented within the walls of Congress for 20 years.

On April 19, the US House of Representatives approved a resolution calling for the continuation of sanctions pressure on the PRC by the US government in connection with the situation in Hong Kong.

Congressmen condemned the Chinese government for “violation of the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong by the PRC and the government of the special administrative region.” It is noted that the resolution was supported by 418 congressmen and only one legislator opposed it.