Moscow is calling on Washington to launch a joint effort on settling the crisis in Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. 

“We are calling on the US to come to its senses and instead of sanctioning foreign companies and banks to finally start a normal joint work under the United Nations’ auspices on contributing to stabilizing the situation in Venezuela based on the principles of international law,” the ministry said.

The ministry stressed that all US sanctions imposed without the endorsement of the United Nations Security Council are illegitimate.

According to the ministry, the threats voiced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over cooperation of Russian oil producer Rosneft with Venezuela are senseless as the company has been successfully working despite sanctions since 2014.


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