February 12, 2019 / 8:09 PM / in 4 days

Russia warns United States against intervention in Venezuela

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Hakim in Moscow, Russia January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against any interference, including military, into Venezuela’s internal affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a phone call between the two.

Lavrov said that Russia was ready for consultations about Venezuela in line with the United Nations charter.

Lavrov also criticised plans to tighten U.S. sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in England, saying new sanctions would hurt bilateral ties, the statement said.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Peter Graff

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