Trump administration imposes sanctions against Russia, Venezuela

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions against Russia and Venezuela on its last full day in office.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement the United States had blacklisted Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and the vessel FORTUNA for their involvement of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

In a separate statement, the outgoing state secretary announced designations against multiple individuals, entities and vessels for their ties to a network attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's oil sector.

Washington claimed the Nord Stream 2 project, stretching 1,230 km from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, served as Moscow's tools to exploit European dependence on Russia's energy supplies.

Russian officials noted that the United States created obstacles to the project to fill the European market with its own more expensive liquefied natural gas. Enditem

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