Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The U.S., Russia and Latin America

Joe Biden's "reset button" comment with regard to Russia may well have implications for Latin America, since the high profile Russian presence in the region was a clear reaction to U.S. policies in what Russia considers its own sphere of influence.

As the article points out, Obama has not changed policy toward Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO, nor about the Russia-Georgia conflict more generally. However, it is entirely possible, if not likely, that we will not hear about the missile shield anymore.

That may well be enough for Russia, which would continue trading (e.g. weapons) with Latin America but leave it at that. This is also more likely because Russia cannot afford to keep sending ships that far.

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