United States eyes oil sanctions on Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane as he arrives to the presidential hangar in Mexico City Mexico

Velit told Andina news agency that Tillerson's trip happens at a moment in which there are some concerns about the United States' behavior on the worldwide scene.

U.S. President Donald Trump's emissary, who is promoting a military coup during his tour as a solution to the crisis in Venezuela, will visit Peru until Tuesday and will meet with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovín.

"As Tillerson said, we should intensify all exchanges as much as possible, not just through dialogue, but also in gathering information on the activities of these groups that are using cross-border crimes to sponsor their interests", he stressed.

However, it appears that his trip may not be all smooth sailing as some of these countries aren't exactly happy with the way things stand between them and Washington.

Tillerson called trade with China "harmful", and said Russia's growing presence in Latin America is "alarming".

Venezuela sits on the world's largest oil reserves and has always been a major supplier to the U.S., though its crude-oil sales to the United States in 2017 were the lowest since 1991, according to Reuters, as it struggles under usa financial sanctions and ongoing turmoil in its oil industry.

Oil sanctions are one of the few options President Trump has to really hurt Maduro.

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However, a week ago Macri held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin where both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral economic and political cooperation and to strengthen the "comprehensive strategic partnership" between the two nations.

China's comments came after Tillerson on Friday on Friday about China's influence in Latin America that the region "does not need new imperial powers".

"China is a major worldwide buyer of Latin American bulk commodities, and imports more and more agricultural and high value-added products from the region", the ministry said. Russian Federation and China continue to expand their presence in Cuba and Venezuela.

In Buenos Aires, Rex Tillerson discussed with the Argentine authorities the joint struggle with worldwide criminal organizations, as well as the presence of representatives of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement in Western Hemisphere countries.

According to Los Angeles Times, in Colombia Tillerson may have to address concerns from the local officials about the United States "again defining relations through the prism of security and narcotics".

Tillerson will first visit Lima, Peru before he heads to Colombia tomorrow.

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