How Oil Could Have Helped Bring U.S. And Cuba To Negotiate
The thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations began with discussions of a prison exchange, but oil might also be playing a role in bringing the sides to the table.By Bram Sable-Smith | December 20, 2014
The driving force behind the thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations this week seemed to come down to a prisoner exchange involving a U.S. contractor named Alan Gross.
"Over many months, my administration has held discussions with the Cuban government about Alan's case, and other aspects of our relationship," President Obama said at a news conference.
But there appears to be another factor pulling both countries to the negotiating table: oil.