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President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has threatened to halt oil exports to the US if his country is attacked by Colombia - a close US ally.
The threat comes amid an escalating dispute over allegations that Venezuela is harbouring Colombian rebels.
Mr Chavez broke diplomatic ties with Colombia last week and put his army on high alert.
"If there was any attack on Venezuela from Colombian territory or from anywhere else, promoted by the Yankee empire, we would suspend oil shipments to the US, even if we have to eat stones," he said.
"We would not send one more drop to US refineries".
- Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.
"I leave office with the sadness that these terrorists still have the capacity to inflict damage from outside the country", he said.
His decision to give US forces access to military bases inside Colombia has been another cause of concern for Venezuela.