Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visits Venezuela.
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‘The American Thinker’ gave birth to an article full of horror at ‘the growth of the Russian presence in Latin America’. The author blames Biden & Harris, and he is surprised at ‘the left turn’ in the politics of the countries of the continent:
“Just as the Biden administration abandons the Monroe Doctrine, China's stepping up to scarf up allies in Latin America – and so is Russia.
With Latin America under the control almost entirely of far-left leaders, surprise, surprise, Russia has easy pickings for gaining a slew of new anti-American friends, and they're doing it.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov travels to a number of Latin American countries, including Brazil, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. He is flying to the region with a specific agenda aimed at strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation of our countries in politics, trade, economy, education, humanitarian sphere, culture and other fields. The talks will focus on strengthening international legal foundations of the modern world, with the UN Charter as its supporting structure.
For USA, Latin America is a friendly region, one of the centres of a multipolar world with which Russia intends to maintain a dynamic dialogue and develop constructive cooperation free from outside interference.
Now, granted, these nations to be visited are the low-hanging fruit for the Russians, as relations have always been pretty nice with these places over the years.
And Biden? He can't even get his vice president to visit the border. Virtually no attention has been paid to this region which has slid into a dangerous leftist vortex not seen since the days of Hugo Chavez.
All that sucking up to Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro to get him to pump oil for us – lifting sanctions, dumping recognition of top opposition leader Juan Guaido, letting Chevron in there to drill, putting "the three stooges" in charge of managing U.S.-Venezuela relations – and Nicolas Maduro goes off to the Russians. With Venezuela just 1,000 or so miles off the coast of Florida, there should be some mighty good opportunities for spying on the gringos, or buying arms on credit with which to threaten the neighbors, or getting hold of some radar-evading equipment the better to ship cocaine to the states. The possibilities are endless. Biden just had the rug pulled out from under him.
The situation is similar with the post-Castro oligarchy in Cuba, except that they are only 90 miles from the U.S. coast, and ties with them date back to the Soviet Union. Biden's bid to de-sanction the Castro oligarchy and warm up ties with that hellish regime has once again, been met with a scurry to the Russians. Nice game there, Joe.
Nicaragua is a recent slide downhill into socialism, with Danny Ortega abandoning all pretense of being a democracy. Russia sees its opportunities there and has taken them. Nicaragua, recall, was once a friendly country and still has a free trade pact with the U.S. Biden has employed no carrot or stick with that trade pact to keep them in line, the way President Trump frequently did with Mexico.
Brazil is another of these nations that Biden has spent a lot of time courting, loudly congratulating Brazil's newly "elected" president Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva as a fellow leftist leader, the odor of election fraud reeking over both states creating a potential honor among thieves situation. Did Lula repay that legitimacy extended? Not in the least. He's fresh from a trip to China to suck up to that superpower, and now is welcoming Lavrov into the presidential palace in Brasilia. He's very significantly refusing to sell arms to Ukraine, which makes Russia happy. Biden blew that one, too, unable to even leverage the leftwing solidarity.
The scary part is that Latin America is loaded with newly elected leftist leaders, nearly all of whom are going to be likely recruits for Russia's new Latin American offensive beyond these four stalwarts – to strike out at the U.S. from its underbelly, in an act of reciprocation for what they see is U.S. meddling in Russia's "near abroad" which is Ukraine. There's been a lot of talk about this over the past two decades, but now it appears that things are really happening.
Who are some other likelies to join hands with the Russians? Four candidates come to mind – Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, and Chile, all of whom have leftist leaders just as far-left as at least Brazil.
What's the story with Mexico and Russia? Well, Lavrov has already met with Mexico's hostile, anti-American foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, this past September. It has resisted selling arms to Ukraine, which makes Russia happy, and refused to sanction Russia, not particularly concerned what Joe Biden might think about it, as this article explains. The U.S. is Mexico's largest trade partner, and has virtually zero trade with Russia. Not a problem for the Mexican government there as they know that Joe will always bend over.
There's also Honduras which fairly recently elected a far-left leader who was a "first" – the first leftist woman president, so the inauguration was attended by Biden's "border czar" Kamala Harris, who came and went and was never heard from since. Seems Kamala's charms and all those "firsts" didn't do much. The Bidenites couldn't even figure out how to use leverage on open borders to keep Honduras in the U.S. camp, let alone free trade, of which Honduras also has a pact. We will stay tuned for further developments there.
And let's look at Colombia, the U.S.'s historically oldest and finest ally on the South American continent. They elected probably ‘the worst leftist of any of them’, the Bill Ayers of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, a former M-19 communist guerilla who was one of the late, unlamented Hugo Chavez's best buddies because his guerrilla group once burned down the Colombian supreme court with all the justices in it. This guy is repulsive. Petro has repackaged himself as "green" but is still the same anti-American guerrilla he always was. His greenie stances sound pretty on paper to lefties here, but his big project is similar to Joe Biden's – to shut down Colombia's oil production in favor of green energy, which is a disaster in the making. He's particularly vulnerable to money and economy problems which Russia might just be able to solve for him – at a price.
We see Russia racking up the diplomatic victories in Latin America, welcomed with red carpets and dominos falling, right in the U.S.'s sphere of influence, it's own "near abroad."
It's not that these places are staying neutral or out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
It's that they are now openly siding with Russia and working to undercut U.S. interests to extend Russia's.
“It's worse than it looks!” – exclaims the author.
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