August 6, 2019 / 4:05 PM / 11 days ago

Russia says U.S. asset freeze on Venezuela is illegal: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that a move by Washington to freeze all Venezuelan government assets in the United States was illegal and amounted to “economic terror”, the RIA news agency reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed the asset freeze on Monday, sharply escalating an economic and diplomatic pressure campaign aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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