The United States has responded to Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s claim that sanctions against the South American country will remain “unchanged” until concrete steps are taken to democratize the authoritarian government.
“While Maduro and his followers continue to oppress the Venezuelan people and divert resources to corrupt activities, we will continue to put pressure on the regime through economic sanctions,” a US State Department spokesperson told EFE in an interview.
Maduro does not believe in a return to democracy and is asking for a deal with Biden. On Thursday, Maduro asked US President Joe Biden to lift “all sanctions” against Venezuela, which the dictator considers a “crime”. A State Department spokesman urged Maduro to sit on a unified platform of opposition parties “to resolve Venezuela’s problems and restore democracy and the rule of law in the country.”
The Biden government made the agreement between Maduro and the opposition conditional on lifting sanctions during talks in Mexico City. Two weeks ago, the United States failed to recognize Maduro’s opponent Juan Guaido as interim president, despite the dictator’s denials. However, the country does not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro’s government, calling the regime a dictatorship and a return to democracy.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said the country is “absolutely ready” to normalize relations with the United States (US) as early as 2023. In an interview with Telesur, Venezuelan state television, Maduro said he was ready to resume diplomatic, diplomatic and political ties with current and future US governments.
Caracas cut ties with Washington in 2019 after former President Donald Trump recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president and imposed sanctions, including an economic embargo, on the country. Petroleum.
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