Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Canada Imposes Fresh Sanctions as Pompeo Vows to 'Tighten Noose'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Pompeo Warns Cuba Against Supporting Maduro Vows'Conversation With Russia REUTERS Jim Young Pool
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2019, 23:55

On January 28 the USA imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned PDVSA oil company.

The Pentagon is developing new military options for Venezuela aimed at deterring Russian, Cuban and Chinese influence inside the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, but stopping short of any kinetic military actions, according to a defense official familiar with the effort.

Although most Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as interim head of state, Russia, China and Cuba have stood by Maduro. The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.

Beijing has fired back at the USA after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China's role in Venezuela as prolonging the crisis there.

"The undiplomatic manners of the current U.S. foreign policy chief cast doubt on the fact that he sees Russian-American contacts at the relevant level as an opportunity for constructive dialogue", the ministry underscored.

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In contrast, Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished the series with an.856 save percentage and a 3.82 goals-against average. The team account tweeted after the game , "This isn't the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted".

Pompeo has reportedly made unfriendly remarks on China and China-Latin America relations during a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries. Rodriguez said earlier this week that Havana sees as blackmail a U.S. promise to take certain actions against Cuba in order to free Venezuela from the influence of Havana.

China is one of Venezuela's largest trading partners and largest creditors.

Pompeo's accusations were "unfounded" and "deliberately drove a wedge" between China and Latin America, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.

Pompeo, who was returning from a four-day trip visiting the border of Venezuela and meeting with South American leaders, said conditions in that oil-rich country continue to force thousands of Venezuelans to cross into Colombia to find work to feed their families. They reiterated their recognition of the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó and their rejection of a military intervention.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the presence of Russian military experts in Venezuela was fully legitimate as they were carrying out maintenance of military equipment that had been supplied earlier.

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