"A normal relationship would allow for more dialogue. We do not have that for now,” said John Caulfield, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Caracas since July 2010
Relations between Venezuela and the United States are currently "at a standstill" due to the absence of ambassadors in their diplomatic missions, lamented US Chargé d'Affaires in Caracas John Caulfield.
"We are at a standstill," Caulfield said during a debate held in the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington that was also attended by US ambassadors to several South American countries, AFP reported.
"A normal relationship would allow for more dialogue. We do not have that for now," said Caulfield, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Caracas since July 2010.
Tensions between Caracas and Washington reignited as Larry Palmer, the US ambassador-designate to Caracas, rejected by Venezuelan authorities.
Additionally, the US Chargé d'Affaires described as "an earthquake for US companies" in Venezuela the announcement of expropriation of Owens-Illinois' unit in October 2010.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.