The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, pleads with God to restore diplomatic and economic ties with the United States government.
“We drink together,” said Maduro, reiterating Biden and Europe’s offer to set up business: “When you want, we want.”
Starting in 2017, the Donald Trump government began implementing a set of economic sanctions against individuals, institutions and financial entities associated with the Nicolas Maduro regime. In January 2019, eight months after Maduro’s controversial re-election, a confrontation between the two governments ended diplomatic relations.
With the arrival of Biden to the US presidency in January 2021, Trump’s so-called “maximum pressure” policy on the Maduro regime changed.
Russia’s war on Ukraine put the West in the face of a serious energy crisis. Convinced that the conflict could continue unpredictably over time, the Biden government initiated a change in its foreign policy to promote rapprochement with energy-producing countries.
The policy of synergy involved Venezuela, despite its low production of hydrocarbons, mainly due to the debacle of its oil industry and sanctions to foreign oil companies operating in Venezuela as a result of sanctions.
On March 5, 2022, surprisingly to the vast majority of Venezuelans, a high-ranking US government delegation headed by Juan González met with Nicolas Maduro at the Miraflores Palace. With this visit, the direct talks that Maduro had requested months ago, with a view to setting the bilateral agenda, began