Russia on Friday strongly condemned the US Treasury's new sanctions against the Venezuelan flag carrier.

Iran Press/America: In a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, the Russian Foreign Minister condemned US sanctions against Venezuela, saying the two countries would expand their relations despite US sanctions.

Sergei Lavrov called US sanctions against Venezuela illegal, stating that Russia and Venezuela are determined to expand their economic and trade partnerships in various sectors, particularly energy and natural resources.

The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on the Venezuelan flag carrier "Conuiasa" and 40 affiliates, saying it wanted to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to cede power.