The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Biden administration plans to remove Nicaragua from the list of countries eligible for low-tariff sugar supplies to the United States.

The decision, which the government is preparing, relates to increasing Washington pressure on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the newspaper reported

The newspaper said that restricting sugar imports is a move by Washington to put pressure on Ortega, who is accused by the United States of suppressing political opponents. President Biden excluded Nicaragua, along with Cuba and Venezuela, from the Summit of the Americas, hosted by Los Angeles last month.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Ortega, a former Sandinista guerrilla fighter, was re-elected president of Nicaragua last November in an election widely condemned as fictional. Ortega’s government defends Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by refusing to join other Latin American nations in condemning Putin (PAP)

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