Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to help start a nuclear energy program in Venezuela and said Moscow is willing to participate in a socialist trade bloc in Latin America led by President Hugo Chavez.
Medvedev used his visit to Venezuela–the first by a Russian president–to extend Moscow’s reach into Latin America and deepen trade and military ties. Chavez denied trying to provoke the United States, but he welcomed Russia’s growing presence in Latin America as a reflection of declining U.S. influence.
Chavez and Medvedev planned to visit a Russian destroyer docked in a Venezuelan port on Thursday. The arrival of Russian warships this week for training exercises with Venezuela’s navy was the first deployment of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War.
The “Camelot” comparisons for the Obama administration might be a little more accurate than we thought. “Watch, we’re going to have an international crisis . . . to test the mettle of this guy. . . . I guarantee you it’s gonna happen.”
(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)
Robert Stacy McCain