The U.S. administration may consider easing sanctions against Venezuela if the president of the republic, Nicolas Maduro, makes concrete steps. The terms of the deal were reported today, February 28, by Reuters, citing White House sources.
“We are in no hurry to lift sanctions…If the regime takes confidence-building measures that show that they are ready and willing to engage in real discussions with the opposition, if they are willing to take serious steps, then we will consider easing sanctions,” the source said.
Recall that the political situation in Venezuela deteriorated sharply after the opposition leader Juan Guaido, whose appointment as speaker of parliament was annulled by the Supreme Court two days earlier, declared himself acting president of the republic on January 23, 2019. He was recognized as interim head of state by the United States, joined by the countries of the Lima Group (excluding Mexico), the Organization of the American States, and most members of the European Union. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called what had happened a coup attempt and announced that he was breaking off diplomatic relations with the United States. Russia, Belarus, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, and Turkey spoke in support of Maduro.