Russia Offers to Lend a Hand to Help Protect Latin American States Under Pressure from the US

Russia is willing to help Latin America assert itself against U.S. intervention in political affairs, said Deputy Foreign Minister Serguei Ryabkov Monday.

“We are seeing a new intensification of U.S. foreign policy in this region, even up to direct attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of states in the region,” he said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“Deciding which foreign policy to choose is a sovereign right and even the obligation of the state.” Ryabkov said that a solution must be political and regional, but must not rule out diplomatic cooperation with allies like Russia, which would “establish constructive interaction with authorized representatives from all segments of the political forces in the region.” “It’s clear that there is a meaningful change in political preference not only to the center, but also to the right, to the more neoliberal,” he added. “Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela are only the most obvious examples.”

The foreign minister was referring to the recent shifts in presidencies and parliamentary majority, that have gone from leftist to reactionary governments. Brazil has drawn the latest controversy, with a Senate vote last week to begin an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff considered a parliamentary coup, by Brazilians, regional bodies and leftist governments alike. Ryabkov assured that Russia is closely following the political developments and would offer a hand to all willing to take it.


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