Venezuela's Vying Suitors Update Their Game Plans
May 3, 2019 | 04:30 GMT
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- With Venezuelan military officials' support for an opposition-led uprising in doubt, the United States will pursue tighter economic sanctions on Venezuela as its main strategy to force President Nicolas Maduro from power.
- Washington might also try to enlist the help of Colombia and Brazil to directly intervene in Venezuela, though both countries will be hesitant to do so for fear of political backlash and retaliation from pro-Maduro insurgents.
- To deter Cuba's support for the Maduro government, the United States will also increase sanctions pressure on Havana, but it's unlikely the Cuban government will cave due to its reliance on Venezuelan crude oil.
- Russia, meanwhile, will focus on bolstering its military presence in Venezuela — creating a strategic foothold in Washington's backyard amid the two countries' great power competition.