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US steps up pressure on Nicolas Maduro as Russia backs Venezuelan ally

Updated : January 26, 2019 06:50 AM IST

The US Treasury Department stopped short of announcing a freeze on Venezuela's US assets and accounts, but said it would take steps to ensure commercial transactions were "consistent" with its recognition this week of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state.
Russia opposes the US efforts and has accused Washington of backing a coup attempt, placing Venezuela at the heart of a growing geopolitical duel.
On Friday, some American diplomats left the US embassy in Caracas in a convoy of vehicles with a police escort en route to the airport, according to a Reuters witness.
US steps up pressure on Nicolas Maduro as Russia backs Venezuelan ally

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