Latin America, long considered off-limits for Russian military outposts because of its proximity to Washington, is rapidly becoming the latest region targeted for Moscow’s expanding reach.
As the Kremlin was secretly planning its invasion of Ukraine in late February, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Moscow’s plan to establish a permanent military presence in Latin America, including naval visits to ports in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Russia is also asking those countries to allow long-range bombers to refuel at their air bases.
Say, I wonder if that has anything to do with this:
In a move that has oddly flown under the radar thus far, earlier this week the Obama administration renounced the Monroe Doctrine.
The announcement came in a speech Secretary of State John Kerry made to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Kerry began the speech by noting that since President James Monroe’s famous State of the Union Address, the U.S. has “asserted our authority to step in and oppose the influence of European powers in Latin America. And throughout our nation’s history, successive presidents have reinforced that doctrine and made a similar choice.”
He continued: “Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over….
Probably not. Because saying so would just be crazy talk.