Old Friend, New Ally: Russia’s Statement on Latin American-US Relations

It seems that Latin America has a new, unexpected ally; The Russian Federation. The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned the United States that Latin American and the Caribbean are no longer its “backyard.”

Spokesperson Maria Zajarova stated that the region has grown tired of the United State’s attempt to control its people by political, social or military force; “The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have long ceased to be the U.S. backyard.”

In addition, she stated the region has had many opportunities to “put Washington in its place on the inappropriateness of its conduct regarding Latin America,” urging the United States to respect international law and the sovereignty of nations, in order to “avoid conflicts,” as well as stating “all actors must respect international law instead of ignoring it and proclaiming themselves special states, this is the only way of preserving our own interests, and interacting and avoiding conflicts,”

Russia recently said it hopes countries around the world “refrain from the policy of pressure and sanctions” against countries in the region such as is being done in Venezuela, calling the attempts “counterproductive.”

With a long history of imperialist policy and actions against Latin America, it is very nice hopeful to see a superpower like Russia stepping up for Latin America. US intervention is very extensive and in some case, detrimental to state development.

Latin America and Caribbean No Longer US Backyard: Russia

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