Does the U.S. Want Warmer Relations With Maduro?

Javier Coronado and Eric Pons, partner and associate attorney, respectively, at Diaz Reus: “It is uncertain what opportunity, if any, the war in Ukraine will create for the United States to wedge geopolitical ties between the Maduro regime and Russia. For decades, Russia and China (which has re- portedly declared in official statements that its ‘friendship’ with Russia knows ‘no limits’) have spent substantial resources to bolster the finances and military forces of the gov- ernment of Venezuela in exchange for crude supply and diplomatic allegiance. Putin has supported Maduro with billions of dollars in loans and military deals, as well as extensive training of Venezuela’s army, shielding Rus- sian interests in the South American country.