Putin offers the “most modern” weapons to allied socialists in Latin America

Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia stands ready to supply the “most advanced types of weapons” to its allied nations, including socialist regimes in Latin America, in a bid to expand the arms trade of Russia with its allies.

“Russia sincerely cherishes the strong, friendly and genuinely trusting historical ties with the states of Latin America, Asia and Africa and is ready to offer its partners and allies the most modern types of weapons. Weapons light to armored vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said. said in remarks delivered at the opening of the Army-2022 International Military-Technical Forum held outside the city of Moscow.

Without directly naming a specific nation in his speech, Putin continually supplied his ideological allies in Latin America – Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua – with both firearms and military “cooperation,” bolstering the power of those regimes. authoritarian and guaranteeing Russia’s growing military influence in the region.

Russia announcement in January that it would strengthen cooperation with these three rogue nations “in all areas”, including the military.

In the case of Venezuela, Russia was providing weapons to the socialist regime of the nation since the days of Hugo Chávez that the Maduro regime has used against his own people. Venezuela has become the biggest buyer of Russian arms in the region, buying firearms, combat weapons planesand missile.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 4, 2017. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia and Venezuela had engaged in talks to open a Kalashnikov rifle factory in Venezuela by 2022, but their plans have so far been delayed by both the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions imposed on the Maduro regime.

Reports from Russia facility military bases in Venezuela are a recurring problem in the country. While the Maduro regime has refuse the possibility of the establishment of a Russian base in Venezuela, a former intelligence member of the Maduro regime revealed that at least two Russian military bases already exist in Venezuela.

The Russian military presence in Venezuela has increased over time, which has raised concerns in neighboring countries such as Colombia. In February, and shortly before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Yuri Borissov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government, visited Venezuela to hold meetings with the socialist regime and ratify military cooperation between the two countries.

Castro’s communist regime in Cuba, once an ally of the Soviet Union, continues to receive Support of Russia, with Russia to reinforce their influence on the island nation in recent times.

Russia and Cuba Express their intention to “deepen” their military cooperation in January following a telephone conversation between Cuban puppet President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Vladimir Putin. Díaz-Canel had officially visited Russia in 2019 with the intention of expanding ties between the two regimes.

In 2018, Putin would have granted a $50 million loan to the Castro regime to buy Russian weapons. Just like the case in Venezuela, talks on a future Russian military base in Cuba have been recurrent matter which Russia neither confirmed nor denied as recently as January.

Reports in January about a possible Russian base in Cuba caused unease among the island’s population.

“As a Cuban, I don’t want this to happen, there are other powerful people who do it… who don’t care what happens. Well, my opinion is [this]”, said an anonymous Cuban fisherman to Euronews in January.

In the case of Nicaragua, the Central American nation passed a decree in June that authorized the entry of an unknown number of Russian troops, ships and combat aircraft into the country, which will remain on the territory of the country from July 1 to December 31 with the intention of carrying out “humanitarian aid missions , rescue and search in emergencies” and “Law enforcement against illicit activities.

Socialist dictator Daniel Ortega tagged Russia’s military deployment in the country as “humanitarian aid”. The agreement also allows 80 Russian soldiers to participate in the elite corps of the Nicaraguan army.

Amid concerns of Russia’s new military presence in Nicaragua, the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the concerns while insistent that the deployment is just a “routine” and not an effort by the Ortega regime to open its doors to the Russian military presence in the country.

Nicaragua has so far refuse the prospect of setting up Russian bases in their country.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.


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