Russia says US must drop “unlawful measures” against Venezuela


Maria Zakharova, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, claimed Wednesday that US sanctions against Venezuela keep worsening the crisis, PressTV reported Thursday.

US imposed sanctions against Venezuela as they do not accept Nicolas Maduro as a legitimate leader. The White House has recently confiscated Venezuela’s government oil assets that are located in the US, the move that many say to be illegal.

“Once again we are urging an end to unlawful measures for the sake of improving the humanitarian situation in Venezuela. Contrary to any logic, the administration [of US President Donald Trump] has been declaring ever more ways of stepping up pressure on Caracas. There have been threats of a sea blockade. Has the experience of a failed half-a-century-long blockade of Cuba not taught Washington a lesson?” Zakharova said.

The spokeswoman also stated that the US sanctions were worsening current situation in Venezuela and causing artificial tensions.

“This is well seen in the [opposition-controlled] National Assembly’s decision to resume participation in the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance,” Zakharova said. “The way we see it, it is an extremely destructive move and a very dangerous precedent for the whole region.”

The US previously said it would impose sanctions against Russia over its support of Venezuelan government led by Maduro.

Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website

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