Following Lula da Silva’s visit to China last week, where he was swept up on the red carpet by Xi Jinping, Brazil is pursuing the path of strengthening ties with Washington’s enemies. This Monday you will receive the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. Putin’s foreign minister will also travel to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, his closest allies in Latin America.
The tour will kick off this Monday in Brazil and run until the 21st, his department confirmed in a statement.
“For us, Latin America it is a friendly region, one of the training centers of the multipolar world, with which Russia seeks to maintain a dynamic dialogue and develop constructive cooperation free from any foreign imposition”, underlined the spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs, María Zajárova.
The head of Russian diplomacy will have an “intense” schedule during his visit to the four Latin American countries, which he includes meetings with the leaders of the four countries and negotiations with their counterparts, Foreign Affairs said.
A concrete program
Lavrov travels to the region with a concrete program aimed at increasing mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and Brazil and the dictatorships of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba in politics, commerce and economics, education, culture, the humanities and other fields, he explained.
In addition, Russia intends to focus the negotiations on strengthening international law of the modern world based on the UN Charter, Moscow stressed.
On Thursday, Lavrov wrote two articles in the Brazilian newspaper “Folha de Sao Paulo” and the Mexican magazine “Divers of the News” before his visit to Latin America.
In those articles he highlighted, in particularthe strategic relationship with Brasilia, Caracas, Havana and Managua.
“The rapidly changing geopolitical landscape opens up new possibilities for the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and Latin American countries. The latter play an increasingly important role in the multipolar world,” he stressed.
Lavrov assures that Moscow does not want Latin America and the Caribbean to become an area of antagonism between the powers, since it bases its foreign policy not on ideology, as happened with the Soviet Union, but on in pragmatism.
For example, he stressed that despite sanctions and political pressure, Russian exports to the region increased by 3.8%while grain supplies increased by 48.8%.
Earlier this month, Putin invited his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to Moscow when he received the Brazilian presidency’s special adviser on international affairs, Celso Amorim, in the Kremlin.
Lavrov’s visit to Brazil comes after Lula’s visit to China, where he once again advocated for peace in Ukraine.
The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in turn offered Putin “full support” since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine in February 2022.
For his part, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel showed Putin his support in his confrontation with the Westvisiting Russia in December 2022, after which he also condemned the arrest warrant issued against the head of the Kremlin by the International Criminal Court.
Finally, at the end of March, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada met in Moscow with Lavrov, before whom he defended Moscow’s right to guarantee its “integrity and security”.
In the new Russian foreign policy, marked by growing political, military and economic antagonism with the West over Ukraine, the Latin American region is one of the priority regions.
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