January 29, 2019 / 9:50 AM / 7 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during the annual news conference in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/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

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