March 11, 2019 / 9:37 PM / 7 months ago

U.S.'s Pompeo criticizes Russia's Rosneft for buying oil from Venezuela

FILE PHOTO: An employee wears a helmet with the Rosneft logo at the Achinsk refinery in the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Russia’s Rosneft was defying U.S. sanctions by buying oil from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and helping President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said Russia and Cuba had helped create the crisis in Venezuela.

“Russia’s state-owned oil company, Rosneft, continues to purchase crude oil cargoes from PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, in defiance of U.S. sanctions. And Rosneft’s CEO, Igor Sechin, continues to throw a lifeline to the regime,” Pompeo said.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech

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