A police officer stands guard outside the headquarters of Rosneft in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Russia on Thursday downplayed concerns that Rosneft’s possible purchase of BP’s stake in the joint venture TNK-BP, which analysts say would reshape the country’s oil industry and create the world’s biggest oil and gas company, is likely to threaten competition. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

ST. PETERSBURG, February 19. /TASS/. US sanctions against Rosneft Trading, a subsidiary of Russian state-run oil company Rosneft for selling Venezuelan oil, are illegal and will not affect relations between Moscow and Caracas, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Such restrictions, which we consider illegal from the point of international law, can in no way affect our bilateral relations with Venezuela,” he said responding to a relevant question.

“On the contrary, they [the relations] are evolving and will continue to evolve,” he added.

Peskov recalled that Rosneft had already voiced their intention to consider a possibility to defend the company’s interests in court as well as to use other available mechanisms.

“All measures will be taken in this respect,” the Kremlin spokesman concluded.

On Tuesday, a high-ranking official of the US Administration informed that Washington introduced sanctions against Rosneft Trading, S.A and its President Didier Casimiro linked to sales of oil from Venezuela.

“Today the Treasury Department has taken action against the Russian oil brokerage firm Rosneft Trading, S.A and its President Didier Casimiro for brokering the sale of Venezuelan oil globally on behalf of the illegitimate [Nicolas] Maduro regime,” she announced. Rosneft Trading “actively attempted to evade US sanctions,” the official added. Sanctions against Rosneft Trading, S.A. do not apply to the parent company.

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