Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) gestures as he speaks during a session of the National Constituent Assembly at Palacio Federal Legislativo in Caracas, Venezuela September 7, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters Friday that Venezuela is having problems fulfilling obligations on its debt to Russia.Venezuela owed Russia $2.84 billion as of September last year.The news comes after President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela would keep paying its foreign debt, despite an economic crisis and U.S. financial sanctions, but was also hoping to talk to bondholders soon. Calling Maduro a "dictator", U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month that prohibits Americans from dealing in new debt issued by the Venezuelan government or PDVSA.
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