UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Representatives of the Trump administration are again discussing a plan to overthrow Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, trying to convince people in his ruling party to rebel against him and agree to a power sharing agreement with the Venezuelan opposition, Bloomberg reports.
This will be the second US attempt to overthrow Maduro after an unsuccessful attempt last year.
However, this time, officials in the Trump administration believe that they have more chances. The US has stepped up pressure on Venezuela over the past year by tightening sanctions against the regime, sending them against its main and only source of hard currency income – oil exports.
The campaign of maximum pressure against Maduro continues. This month, the US warned companies doing business with Venezuela, including Reliance, Rosneft, and Chevron, to “carefully conduct their operations in Venezuela,” because additional sanctions would be imposed on the Maduro regime.
Then this week, the United States imposed sanctions on the Geneva-based trading unit of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, saying that Rosneft Trading is helping the Maduro regime avoid sanctions and continue to sell oil.
During a recent visit to the US by opposition leader Juan Guaido, senior US officials discussed the idea of a power sharing agreement with deputies or supporters of Maduro, Bloomberg reported.
Guaido is the rightful president of Venezuela according to the United States and many other Western countries. The US is keen to overthrow Maduro and hold fair elections in Venezuela.
But according to Bloomberg sources, some U.S. officials prefer not to include people close to Maduro in the power sharing agreement. It is currently unclear whether U.S. officials considering the power sharing agreement have told U.S. President Donald Trump about these plans.
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