Venezuela-Russia: The Axis Of Outcasts

      The Venezuelan delegation has arrived to Moscow last week on May 29th with the intentions of discussing the ways to further promote the strategic cooperation between Russia and Venezuela.

      The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergie Lavrov, has expressed at the conference with the Venezuela´s Minister Elias Jaua, Russia´s opposition to foreign interference in Venezuelan internal affairs, such as sanctions against the Venezuelan authorities.

      Lavrov also noted that “We [The Russian government] believe that any problems should be resolved within the constitution, without any foreign interference, such as sanctions or a threat to impose sanctions. “The U.S House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The bill prohibits some Venezuelan politicians to travel to the U.S and it will freeze their accounts in the U.S banks, as a punishment for violation of human rights, which were exposed during the last three months of anti-government protests. This unfortunate event claimed 42 people’s lives.

      The two foreign ministers of the world’s richest countries in oil reserves have future cooperative plans and high hopes for the 10th meeting of the Russia-Venezuela High Level Commission. Economic relations between Venezuela and Russia are stable for many years and continue to grow.

      Vladimir Putin admired Hugo Chávez in the past, saying that he was one of the best leaders of Latin America. Putin and Chavez used to conduct various weapon and oil agreements. The trade deals continued to expand as Putin and Maduro have recently declared new multi-million dollar investment plans, concerning the creation of synergic link between Russian oil company, “Rosneft” and the Venezuelan oil company,  “Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.” The political leaders announced the opening of the Russian-Venezuelan bank which would be created for development projects in Venezuela.

      To understand better the current Russia-Venezuela relations it is necessary to go back to the height of the Cold War. The  interactions between the USSR, and many of the countries of South and Central America became notorious, as both the Soviet Union and the United States of America adopted ´aggressive ‘and ´militaristic ´foreign policies with the ambition of establishing ideological allies in governments throughout the region. Both superpowers were willing to achieve these goals through the use of force and political subversion if necessary. Curiously, Venezuela remained somewhat outside of the power play of Cold War politics for most of the period. The country loosely supported the United States, and was generally anti-communist. At the end of the Cold War, with the breakup of the Soviet Union and the brief re-orientation of Russian foreign policy towards Western interests, Moscow´s influence waned in Latin America. Venezuela, on the other hand, witnessed renewed growth, buoyed by an increasing income of petrodollars, and the 1998 election of the charismatic and bellicose Hugo Chavez.

      Russia and the US seem to be in a second cold war, competing between each other in order to gain more power than the other. We see this with the military bases Russia has recently decided to build in the South American countries of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. According to Russia´s Minister of Defence is because they need bases close to the equator axis but the truth is that the US has already settled bases in South Korea, Japan or Turkey.

      Therefore, is the relation between Russia and Venezuela a potential threat for the US, and could these newly formed economical ties create potentially new “Cuban crisis” or is this just one more example of current Russian spite and their way of indicating to US that the world is a tiny place and each of them should remain on their part of the world?


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