U.S. issues Venezuela-related sanctions, targets five individuals

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 - The United States on Friday issued Venezuela-related sanctions as it ratchets up pressure on the country over an election it says was illegal.

According to the U.S. Treasury, the sanctions target five individuals: Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez and Hildemaro Jose Rodriguez Mucura. Quevedo Fernandez is Venezuela's oil minister.
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