July 27, 2010
The United States on Monday ruled out military action against Venezuela after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to cut off oil supplies to the US if it backed a Colombian attack.
“As we have stated in the past, the United States has no intention of engaging in military action against Venezuela,” Virginia Staab, a State Department spokeswoman, told AFP.
“The United States has long enjoyed a mutually beneficial energy relationship with Venezuela, and we wish to see that relationship continue,” she said.
Importing 1.4 million barrels of oil a day, the United States is the main oil consumer of Venezuela, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and South America’s largest oil producer and exporter.
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