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US envoy to discuss Venezuela with Russian officials

IANS  |  Washington 

The for will meet Russian officials on Venezuelan crisis, said the has said.

Elliott Abrams, the US for Venezuela, will meet with Russian and other Russian officials in Rome, on March 18-19, said the State Department in a statement on Saturday, reported.

The two sides will discuss "the deteriorating situation in Venezuela," according to the statement.

Following its recognition of Venezuelan as the nation's "interim president" in late January, the has kept piling up pressure on incumbent Venezuelan through sanctions and other measures.

In response to Washington's support for Guaido, Maduro announced that he was severing "diplomatic and political" ties with the US.

has condemned Washington's threats against the legitimate Venezuelan leadership, calling them "blatant interference" in Venezuela's internal affairs and a "flagrant violation" of international law.

The said earlier this month that is ready for consultations on the crisis with the US in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.



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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 04:22 IST