JRL NEWSWATCH: “Enforce the Monroe Doctrine on Russian Moves in Latin America; The Trump administration needs to adopt a firmer policy toward Moscow’s intrusions into Latin America” – The National Interest/ Ted Galen Carpenter

Latin America Map

“… Moscow[ has sent] two nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela to show support for Nicolas Maduro’s leftist regime. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said … Russia would continue to send military aircraft and warships to visit Venezuela as part of … bilateral military cooperation. … The Trump administration increasingly is concerned about the Maduro regime’s ugly authoritarianism, the meltdown of the Venezuelan economy and the massive refugee flow it has created, and … mounting tensions between Caracas and several neighbors, especially Colombia …. A Russian general even spoke of the possibility of his country acquiring a military base in Venezuela. … There are multiple signs of greater Russian activism throughout Latin America …. Moscow has revitalized … political and military ties with Cuba’s communist government. … the Kremlin [also] is … more active … promoting ties with Brazil, Argentina and other major Latin American countries. … those initiatives are not confined to economics and diplomacy; they have a military dimension as well. …”

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