Saturday’s trip, which Maduro welcomed, is the highest-grossing visit by US officials to Caracas in years and aims to separate Russia from a key ally in Los Angeles.
247 – a The New York Times It reported that high-ranking US officials left for Venezuela on Saturday (5) to meet with the government of President Nicolas Maduro. According to the newspaper, the trip is part of the Biden administration’s efforts “to separate Russia from its remaining international allies amid a growing confrontation over Ukraine.” According to one of the participants in the negotiations, the Maduro government welcomed Biden’s initiative.
This visit is the highest paid official visit from Washington to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in years. The United States cut diplomatic ties with Maduro and closed its embassy in Caracas in 2019. The Trump administration then attempted to overthrow the Maduro government, with the support of the Jair Bolsonaro administration.
The Maduro administration’s response to Trump’s harsh economic sanctions has been to deepen ties with Russia, as well as Iran and China. Russian energy companies and banks have played an instrumental role in enabling Venezuela to continue exporting oil, the country’s largest foreign exchange earner.
There is a strategic American interest in the move, according to the New York Times: “When the United States and its allies began to consider imposing sanctions on Russian oil and gas exports to punish the country for the devastation in Ukraine, prominent voices associated with key American politicians emerged. The parties pointed to Venezuela. as a possible alternative.”
One of the participants in the negotiations is Scott Taylor, a former Republican congressman from Virginia. He claimed that he spoke Friday night with a Venezuelan businessman who indicated that Maduro’s team was keen to restore relations with the United States.
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