US warns Venezuela of sanctions if no 'space' for opposition

Opposition deputy Maria Corina Machado (C) speaks during a rally in Caracas on March 26, 2014Washington is weighing sanctions against Venezuela’s leftist government if it fails to foster serious talks to resolve the country’s political crisis, officials said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson urged President Nicolas Maduro’s government to provide “democratic space for the opposition.” But Washington would first consult with its allies in the Americas before any sanctions.

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