US not to blame for Venezuela woes: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry holds a press conference on February 18, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry denied Wednesday that Washington was behind a wave of protests in Venezuela, adding that tensions between the two countries have lasted too long. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has convened talks with social and political actors in an attempt to end three weeks of sometimes deadly anti-government protests in the deeply divided country. Kerry said “regrettably, President Maduro, keeps choosing to blame the United States for things we are not doing or for things that they are unhappy about in their own economy and in their own society.” On Tuesday, the US State Department announced the expulsion of three Venezuelan embassy official, a tit-for-tat move after Caracas kicked out three American diplomats last week

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