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.
US SANCTIONS Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rebutted on his Twitter account US President Barack Obama's decision to sign into law a bill imposing sanctions on Venezuelan officials for human right abuses. Maduro remarked that Obama has made "a false move" against Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS US President Barack Obama enacted on Thursday a law aimed at imposing sanctions on Venezuelan government officers accused of violating human rights, the White House reported.
GOVERNMENT In an article published in the New York Times, entitled "Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights," Venezuelan Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello stated that the Venezuelan government was willing to improve its relation with the United States.