Latin America

Russia is quietly making moves to enlarge its influence in Latin America

Growing investment has been matched more recently by vaccine diplomacy, while the U.S.’s attention has been drawn elsewhere

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Vladimir Putin of Russia and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil during a 2019 meeting in Brasília. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

NATO leaders and Russia have failed to reach an agreement to de-escalate tensions on the Russian border with Ukraine, and U.S. authorities reportedly believe that the Kremlin has already set the stage for a false-flag operation in order to create a pretext to invade. But the friction between the two sides might yet spill over into an additional battleground: Latin America.

During diplomatic talks in Geneva, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov floated the possibility of military deployments to Venezuela and Cuba. He recently compared the Ukraine standoff to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union deployed...

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