Americans released in Venezuela

“These men are fathers who lost precious time with their children and everyone they love ...”

Pres. Biden on the release of two Americans who had been imprisoned in Venezuela; others remain behind bars.

Published on

mar 9, 2022

  • The release comes after talks between the U.S. & Venezuela this weekend, signaling a *potential* for the Biden administration to lift sanctions against the South American country; new sanctions against Russia have reduced oil resources (and driven up prices) for global markets, and the U.S. continues to search for alternative sources worldwide.
  • Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world; the release of the Americans comes less than 24 hours after Pres. Biden announced a full embargo on Russian oil and gas.
  • Why This Matters: At least eight Americans remain imprisoned by the Maduro regime; this *limited* release may reflect a softening of tensions between the two nations. However, not everyone believes that's good policy: “Nicolás Maduro is a cancer to our hemisphere and we should not breathe new life into his reign of torture and murder,” said Senator Bob Menendez (D - NJ), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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