March 25, 2019 / 2:49 PM / a month ago

Pompeo urges Moscow to cease 'unconstructive behavior' in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to “cease its unconstructive behavior” by supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, the State Department said on Monday.

Spokesman Robert Palladino said Pompeo had spoken to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about Venezuela on Monday.

“The secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela,” Palladino said in a statement that also condemned Russian military support for the “illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro.” (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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