The US State Department on Wednesday warned that if Venezuela
decided to purchase Russian weapons, Washington would have
to express its concerns to Moscow about Hugo Chávez'
potential arms race.
"We have already voiced our concern about what we deemed 'a disproportionate military concentration' in Venezuela," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
He clarified that Russia will eventually have to make a decision, but before that Moscow will have to know "whom they are going to sell their weapons," AP reported.
McCormack said: "We are to express our view (to the Russian Government) before any future sale."
"We would ask them (Russian) to take a closer look at what exactly Venezuela is trying to do, and consider if the purchases sought actually match Venezuelan needs."
McCormack explained that the US move to prohibit the sale of US military goods and services to Venezuela is not an arms embargo. "Embargo is a term loaded (with implications.) I would rather use 'restriction,'" he added.
HYCROCARBONS Venezuela prepares to face "difficult times" following a slump in crude oil prices, stated on Wednesday the President of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Eulogio Del Pino in an oil conference in Margarita Island, eastern Venezuela.
HYDROCARBONS World major oil producers are concerned about current oil prices, according to Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez, following a meeting on Tuesday in Vienna with representatives of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Mexico.
HYCROCARBONS Representatives of Venezuela, Mexico and Russia met in Vienna to coordinate their position two days ahead of a crucial OPEC meeting, in the context of a dramatic fall in oil prices.