U.S. Looks to Ease Venezuela Sanctions, Enabling Chevron to Pump Oil

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from The Wall Street Journal,

The proposed deal would require Caracas to open talks with political opponents, with the aim of free elections in 2024

The Biden administration is preparing to scale down sanctions on Venezuela’s authoritarian regime to allow Chevron Corp. CVX 0.57%▲ to resume pumping oil there, paving the way for a potential reopening of U.S. and European markets to oil exports from Venezuela, according to people familiar with the proposal.

In exchange for the significant sanctions relief, the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would resume long-suspended talks with the country’s opposition to discuss conditions needed to hold free and fair presidential elections in 2024, the people said.

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