The Russian government has given assurances that it has launched a military operation in Cuba and Venezuela amid escalating tensions with the West due to the recent mobilizations in Ukraine and after the deployment of troops to Kazakhstan due to recent protests against the authorities.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov referred to the military presence in Latin America in an interview with RTVI. “I don’t want to confirm or exclude anything,” said Riabkov, who added that everything “depends on US steps.”
In this sense, the Deputy Minister has defended Moscow’s right to respond to hypothetical “provocations”, although he has also opted for diplomacy to resolve any dispute with other countries, including Joe Biden’s government.
The Russian government has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, countries which it has helped both politically and economically in recent years.
Moscow feels threatened by the growing NATO presence in Eastern Europe and is particularly concerned about Ukraine’s rapprochement with the Atlantic Alliance. On Wednesday, the NATO countries and Russia held the first council in two and a half years.