Traders speculate that the lifting of some oil sanctions could also lead to an easing of restrictions on investments in Venezuelan bonds. Currently, US investors are banned from buying the country’s debt, which has effectively made it impossible for Maduro to reach a restructuring deal with creditors — something he and his aides have repeatedly said they want to do. European investors, who are not subject to the same sanctions, were among the most aggressive buyers of the bonds this month, according to traders.

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