Putin’s Friends in Latin America Are Abandoning Him

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev).
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 (Sputnik photo by Mikhail Klimentyev).
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Over the past decade or so, the Kremlin has endeavored to exploit Latin America’s internal divisions and its differences with the United States with the purpose of building a beachhead of diplomatic and strategic support in a region geographically close to the U.S. The success of that project is now being put to the test in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Three weeks into the ensuing war, there is little evidence that Moscow’s efforts to woo Latin America have yielded any significant benefits. In fact, if anything, they look like a failure. The Kremlin has spent billions of dollars […]

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