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Two U.S. senators have criticized the easing of sanctions on Venezuela

WASHINGTON, May 17 (EFE) – Democratic Democrats Bob Mendez and Republican Marco Rubio, influential in Latin American policy, attacked this Tuesday against the announcement by the Joe Biden government of easing some sanctions against Venezuela. With Cuba.

“If we respect international law, democracy and human rights in Ukraine, we will not be able to send another message to our hemisphere,” Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lamented at a telematic press conference.

Meanwhile, Rubio, a Republican high-ranking member of the Senate subcommittee in Latin America, denounced Biden’s foreign policy in a statement as “based on appeasing dictators and offering concessions.”

The Biden government on Tuesday announced the lifting of some sanctions against Venezuela. In it, the US oil company Chevron bans talks with the state-owned PDVSA and seeks to reactivate the dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition in Mexico.

Biden announced a day after the re-establishment of flights to Cuba outside Havana and canceled the remittance limit, something that both senators criticized.

“The (Maduro) regime has opened the way for humanitarian access and nothing can be done before returning to Mexico City for talks.

In addition, he hoped that the gesture towards the Caracas and Havana would not change the position of the White House leaving Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua from the US summit in Los Angeles next June.

The senator warned that “if they are invited, it will no longer be the summit of democracies,” and urged Mexican President Andres Manuel Lpez Obrador not to exclude those countries.

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“If Mexico wants to join the dictatorship of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, it has the right to do so, but it must be determined for that alignment,” Mendes said.

For his part, Rubio, of Cuban descent, lamented, “Yesterday it was repressive Cuban rule, today it is Maduro’s criminal rule in Venezuela.”

“Simply put, President Biden is empowering illegal and corrupt regimes in our hemisphere that are seriously undermining US national security,” he commented.

Similarly, the Republican Party called for a ban on crude oil imports from Venezuela and for “Marxist sympathizers of the Biden administration to guide US foreign policy.”

(c) EFE Agency