July 23, 2014

What Was Putin Doing in S. America?

Richard Weitz, World Politics Review

The Associated Press

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to South America earlier this month was overshadowed by events in Ukraine and the Middle East, it did garner considerable attention in the South American and Russian media. Even in Washington, commentators saw Putin as seeking to circumvent the Western opposition to his policies in Ukraine as well as retaliate for U.S. involvement in Moscow’s neighboring states with a tit-for-tat display of influence in Washington’s strategic backyard.

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TAGGED: Latin America, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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