Tillerson calls out Russia: 'We know you're already meddling in elections - stop'

Tillerson calls out Russia: 'We know you're already meddling in elections - stop'

After a week spent preparing Latin American allies for possible new U.S. oil sanctions against Venezuela, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the Caribbean on Wednesday to discuss the aftermath of such a move.

"I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt as well", Tillerson told Fox. "We can take steps we can take but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very hard to preempt it". "Obviously it will be the president who decides".

The official also alleged that Russian Federation was trying to meddle in a number of elections in the western hemisphere, including the 2018 U.S. midterm Senate elections.

So Tillerson stopped off in Jamaica on his way home from South America for talks with senior Jamaican officials, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on how to manage any crisis.

The United States and other Western governments accuse Maduro's government of violating political and human rights in Venezuela and have imposed economic sanctions.

Tillerson has already made stops in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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Trump has previously described the probe as "fake news" and said he believed Russian president Vladimir Putin's emphatic denial of Russia's alleged involvement in the US election. After his meeting with Macri, the USA official will leave for Peru and then continue his tour to Colombia and Jamaica.

"There would be no supply of drugs if there's no demand, and there would be no demand if there is no supply", said Colombian President Santos, indicating the demand in the U.S.is part of the problem.

"We are seeing a number of important elections in this hemisphere this year and leading up as well to the U.S.in 2018".

Colombia receives major funding from the USA under the so-called "Plan Colombia", which is the name of the US foreign aid, military and diplomatic initiative aimed at combating Colombian drug cartels and left-wing insurgent groups.

Earlier in Peru, Tillerson said Washington appreciates "the strong support that Peru has given the United States and the worldwide community in pushing back on North Korea's nuclear weapons program".

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