Russia's Lavrov says U.S. sanctions on Venezuela oil company illegal

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of the United Nations Security Council held during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions imposed on Venezuela’s state oil company are illegal and Russia will take all necessary steps to support the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Lavrov said the sanctions amounted to an attempt by the United States to confiscate Venezuelan state assets, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Christian Lowe; editing by John Stonestreet