Cuba’s loss of direct support from Venezuela could cause a 7 to 10 percent drop in Cuba’s GDP, experts told PunditFact. So, we rated CNN’s Ana Navarro statement Mostly True that “a lot of what (Cuba’s) survival depends on is Venezuelan oil money, which is drying up.”
Freedom for prisoners held in both Cuba and the U.S. was a big underlying factor in the agreement between the two countries that will lead to renewed diplomatic relations but analysts say there are also other reasons the accord came now.
When Democrats and Republicans in the ultra-polarized U.S. Congress put out a joint foreign policy statement, as they did when they urged the Obama Administration to oppose Venezuela's admission to the United Nations Security Council, it’s sometimes worth reading. And in this case, it is.