Mexico president would sell gas to Venezuela if asked

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he'd be willing to sell gasoline to Venezuela despite U.S. sanctions against the South American nation

“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.

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.

Mexico has not recognized Guaidó, in line with a non-interventionist foreign policy preferred by López Obrador.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, but must import gasoline because production has plummeted. Critics blame corruption and mismanagement while Maduro blames U.S. economic pressure.

Threats of U.S. legal and financial action have led even some companies in China and Russia to halt some oil industry dealings with Venezuela, though Iran — which itself is also under sanctions — sent five tankers of gasoline to Venezuela last month.

One of López Obrador’s signature projects is building a new refinery to bolster the country's refining capacity.