Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Nicolas Maduro - Russia, USA , Venezuela

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday slammed US sanctions against Venezuela as “illegal” during an official visit to Caracas. “These sanctions are illegal and are the main cause of the crisis in the Venezuelan economy,” said Lavrov after meeting his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza.

Trends For You 🔥

Russia is one of the main backers of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, along with China and Cuba.

Trump new wave of sanctions Against Venezuela

US President Donald Trump has launched a new wave of sanctions against Venezuela’s economy, which has been in crisis for years, as well as against Maduro and his ministers.

sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry

Among those measures, Washington imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry last year, targeting the country’s main source of hard currency, and on Friday it hit its flag airline, Conviasa.

sanctions aimed at forcing Maduro to step down

The US administration has said the sanctions are aimed at forcing Maduro to step down.

Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition who has declared himself Venezuela’s rightful president, was a guest at the US Congress when Trump delivered his State of the Union speech earlier this week. He later met with Trump at the White House, receiving the same reception as a head of state.

Washington warned Venezuela against harming Guaido or attempting to block his return to the country.

Trump to target Russia for backing Venezuela

On Thursday, Elliott Abrams, the US administration’s pointman on Venezuela, hinted that Washington is planning to target Russia for backing Venezuela, amid reports that the US could sanction Russian state oil giant Rosneft for its increasingly close relationship with Caracas.

“Russia may soon find out that their continued support of Maduro will no longer be cost-free,” Abrams said.

Lavrov, on a tour of South America, did not explicitly mention the US threats against Rosneft, but said that Russia considers “sanctions to be unacceptable, as are attempts to apply the laws of one country to another.”

He met with Maduro later in the day.

Readers Also Enjoyed 🔥

Lavrov visited Venezuela

As Lavrov visited Venezuela, the defense minister of Colombia, the closest US military partner in the region, held talks in Washington.

At a joint news conference, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper made a veiled reference to Russia as he said that Washington was “united” with Colombia.

“This is especially important in an era of great power competition, as our strategic competitors seek dominance and malign influence in regions like Latin America,” Esper said.

He said that Maduro’s impact on Venezuela has been “shameful.”

“We see it urgent that this illegitimate, brutal, oppressive regime led by Maduro needs to move on, and we need to get back to a democracy,” Esper said.

afp

Most Popular 🔥

Thank you for visiting Politicoscope.com. Show your strong support.
+ Share this content with all your friends or Discuss this below.
+ Submit news or tips for free publication on Politicoscope.com.

NEWSLETTER: Subscribe For Content Like This And More.

Donate

Donate now to help us provide more story like this.



More Donation Options

* Here are other Donation options for you.

* For Premium News readers, you can register here today.

Donate

Donate now to help us provide more story like this.



More Donation Options

* Here are other Donation options for you.

* For Premium News readers, you can register here today.