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U.S. closer to decision on sanctioning Venezuela oil: Tillerson

U.S. closer to decision on sanctioning Venezuela oil: Tillerson”

After preparing Latin American allies for possible USA oil sanctions against Venezuela, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Caribbean on Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of such a move.

Experts have suggested to Business Insider that the US also meddles in other countries' elections, and that the U.S.

"I don't know if I would say we are better prepared because the Russians will adapt as well", Tillerson told Fox News Tuesday.

In a joint appearance with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Tillerson said that as a primary consumer of illicit drugs the USA shares a responsibility in combatting the narcotics trade and will continue to support Colombia's efforts.

Tillerson said "it's important for the United States to confront Russian Federation instead of turning a blind eye".

Responding to a query as to why Jamaica abstained, the prime minister said: "Jamaica did not need to take a position on another country's position on where they would want to see as a capital in the world". "If the point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they're going to find ways to do that".

The secretary of state said Tuesday that he had a "very extensive exchange" with Santos on how the US and Colombia can work with others in the region to restore democracy in Venezuela, which he described as "our only objective".

He went on, however, to attack the Trump administration for not taking any "demonstrable" steps to prevent the Russians from getting into voting rolls and other data.

"We are going to put together a very small, very focused working group to see what we can do to mitigate a decision like that if we do take it". Russian media outlets bought and paid for advertising and exposure on USA social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, just like everyone else does.

"This is definitely an unfriendly act", President Vladimir V. Putin said when asked about the Treasury Department list during a campaign event in advance of Russia's own presidential election in March.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo shared similar concerns at the end of January.

His comments drew a sharp rebuke Monday from Maduro, who said the top US diplomat was acting like the "president of Exxon", a reference to Tillerson's previous job as head of the world's largest energy company. "I hope they don't".

He continued: "When things are so bad that the military leadership realises that it just can't serve the citizens anymore, they will manage a peaceful transition".

Last week, the White House chose not to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for its alleged 2016 meddling.

U.S. President Donald Trump a year ago considered tightening sanctions on Venezuela, where energy represents about 95 percent of its export economy.



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