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July 5, 2019

US sanctions Cuban firm to weaken Maduro's hold in Venezuela

By SCOTT SMITH
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — The United States hit Cuba's state-run oil shipping firm Cubametales with financial sanctions on Wednesday, saying it's a key player propping up Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

“Maduro is clinging to Cuba to stay in power, buying military and intelligence operatives in exchange for oil,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.


 
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