He traveled hard for the money

Caracas Chronicles

Source: @samuerudesu

On Friday, January 2nd, Brent crude oil prices closed at around US$57 per barrel.

Two days later, an alarmed Nicolás Maduro announced that he would travel to China for the China-Celac Forum, and to several OPEC and non-OPEC countries “to continue high-level efforts (to create) a strategy for a recovery of oil prices.” Everyone knew Nicolás was really trying to get fresh cash from close buddies.

First stop: Russia.

On Monday January 5th, Nicolás, his entourage, and his scarf landed in Moscow, but his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, did not receive him. Instead, Maduro met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov Alexeevich.

Markets were not impressed. By the end of the day, Brent prices closed at around $54 per barrel, and the Russians didn’t give him any checks.

Second stop: China.

On Tuesday, January 6th, Nicolás arrived in Beijing to meet with President Xi Jinping. Nicolás would also meet with the…

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