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    Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:01 pm

    Without a doubt, Russia’s alliances in Latin America are part of a greater geopolitical game. Yet, it should not be forgotten why there is so much resentment within the region against the U.S. Perhaps, the displeasure is the consequence of decades of U.S. intervention in Latin American affairs in order to maintain strategic interests. Russia has been accused by numerous editorial writers of possessing too much leverage over Latin American; it is understandable, if not forgivable, that Washington perceives Russian-Latin American relations as incursions into the U.S.’ vicinity of interest, no matter how archaic such thinking may be. Inarguably, Russia has “bought” the interest of Latin American governments that are not totally committed to Washington’s policies; it has furnished the region with investments in energy infrastructure, strengthened military capabilities, and provided means to combat drug trafficking.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:30 am

    It is further evidence of Americas double standards... Russia is not allowed a sphere or "backyard" even on its borders in Europe or anywhere else. The US should not be allowed the same.

    I rather suspect most of central and south america are sick of being told what they can or cannot do from Washington.

    Washington has protected the region from nothing really... except if you count Europe... except they didn't really lift a finger to help Argentina in its campaign to get the Malvinas back, yet at the same time the US has blocked most efforts at improving arms... the standard central and south american fighter has been a Skyhawk or F-5 or very early model F-16 or Mirage. You also get the feeling that along with limiting their military force the US has used its position to limit economic and political growth there too.

    The cold war is over and I think Russia should do what they want and where they want. There is huge potential for trade and good relations that benefit Russia and the region itself... perhaps they can demand that the US starts naming itself more accurately... the United States of North America that does not include Canada. I mean a single province of Canada could split up into several states and then become a republic and call themselves the united states of America... just as various central and south american countries can do the same. Very arrogant of the US to proclaim itself as the only republic of those two continents.


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    Russia-Nicaragua relations

    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:45 pm

    Russia, Nicaragua to boost military cooperation

    Russia is ready to welcome young military men from Nicaragua for a course of study and training, chief deputy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Alexander Postnikov said during his visit to Managua.

    He also said that Russia and Nicaragua agreed to boost military-technical cooperation.

    In Managua Mr. Postnikov led the Russian delegation at the celebrations dedicated to the 33d anniversary of Nicaragua`s armed forces.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_02/Russia-Nicaragua-to-boost-military-cooperation/


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    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:04 am

    Good to see Russia expanding its "friend" base, good communication and trade is the best solution to economic recovery.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:39 pm

    Russia to supply armored vehicles to Nicaragua

    Russia’s Interior Ministry has signed an agreement with Nicaragua on supplying the "Tiger" armored vehicles to that country.

    “These vehicles will be used in operations on fighting the organized crime in our country”, Nicaragua's Minister of Interior Ana Isabel Morales Mazún said at a meeting in Moscow on Thursday.

    She said the "Tigers" would be used by the units of the Nicaraguan special troops and praised the high quality of the Russian armored vehicles.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_04/Russia-to-supply-armored-vehicles-to-Nicaragua/
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    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:15 am

    Russia sends more wheat to Nicaragua

    The fourth consignment of humanitarian supplies from Russia consisting of 25,000 tons of wheat has arrived in Nicaragua.

    According to government spokesperson Rosario Murillo, humanitarian assistance from Russia is of great importance for Nicaragua, where poverty level remains high.

    Thanks to the wheat supplies from Russia, Nicaragua has succeeded in stabilizing bread prices, Murillo said.

    A total of 100,000 tons of wheat worth over $35mln supplied by Russia to Nicaragua since November last year, fully meets the country’s annual demand for wheat.

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    Post  GarryB on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:12 am

    Wheat and Tigrs... an interesting combination, but I am glad Russia is supporting Nicaragua this way.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  Pyrrus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:34 pm

    as you probably know, Nicaragua has another supporter. Hugo Chavez was being re-elected. Another Russia's ally
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:07 pm

    Nicaragua’s parliament votes for Russian military presence

    Nicaragua’s parliament ratified the government’s decision allowing Russian military units, planes and ships to visit the Central American country.

    The voting took place at an urgent request of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

    Under the document, ships and planes of Russia, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela will be able to visit Nicaragua in the first half of 2014. Their crews are allowed to participate "in exchange of experience and training" of Nicaragua’s servicemen.

    Moreover, Russian servicemen together with Nicaragua’s armed forces will take part in a joint patrolling of the republic’s territorial waters in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean from January 1 to June 30, 2014.

    The main task of these operations is to fight drug trafficking. The US servicemen were issued a similar permit.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_27/Nicaragua-s-parliament-votes-for-Russian-military-presence-4246/
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    Check out this old post of mine from an older topic about Russia and China working together on the Nicaraguan Canal project:

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri May 02, 2014 6:08 am

    Check out this old post of mine from an older topic about Russia and China working together on the Nicaraguan Canal project:

    magnumcromagnon wrote:

    The Russian foreign bases that make the most sense would be Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and possibly Algeria (which wasn't mentioned, I just threw it out there).

    Cuba because the U.S. has struggled for decades to topple Castro with over 600 failed assassination attempts, and the location is dream real estate. Venezuela because they have one of the largest proven crude oil reserves and they have a govt. hostile towards the Pentagon, which is why they want to topple the Venezuelan govt. Nicaragua because the Chinese are building a canal that will rival the Panama canal, there's good reason why their building it...because the Pentagon toppled the Panamanian govt., dissolved their national military in the late 1980's and installed a puppet govt. with a mercenary military (that's not loyal to the people of Panama) so they could control the Panama Canal... The Pentagon will probably attempt to topple the Nicaraguan govt. to take control of that. Algeria because if Syria ever falls, Russia will need a base in the Middle East to replace that.

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t2975-russia-in-negotiations-on-military-bases-abroad


    I'm looking prophetic right now because it looks like I've been proven right guys, China and Russia are working together on the strategic creation of the Nicaraguan Canal to rival the Panama Canal, it's been well established that the current govt. of Panama is a puppet state created by the Pentagon (which has been accused of instigating riots in Venezuela) that compromised the reliability of the Panama Canal which explains why the Chinese are financing a $40 billion rival to the Panama Canal because they find it geo-politically and strategically necessary. Russia deems it necessary to create military alliance with Nicaragua (which is a pro-Russian anti-American govt) they seem to believe that the Nicaraguan Canal maybe under threat of invasion by NATO in the possible future:


    "U.S. geostrategic pump": Russia and China prepare channel Nicaragua

    Collaboration between Russia, China and Nicaragua, which are about to start building the canal of Nicaragua is "a powerful geostrategic bomb explode near U.S.," says the Russian writer Alexander Projánov.

    As the threat of invasion of Nicaragua by the U.S. in the north remains, Nicaragua signed an agreement with Russia that Russian warships patrolling the waters of the Caribbean Sea. And also that Russian long-range bombers can land in the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, "explains the expert quoted by ' Izvestia '.   recently after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega  highlighted  continuing his country's position that supports Russia in the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine Syria categorically rejects the policy of sanctions and the "double standards".   Projánov says it is unlikely that the presence of Russian ships and aircraft in the region causing clashes military. The only thing that is certain is the fact that the approach of China and Russia itself is scaring the West, the Russian writer added.  "Nicaragua invited companies from China and Russia so they start to build this canal. And is futurology, is a project. begin to build this canal at the end of 2014 to 2019 can be performed the first test, and for 2029 is ready in its entirety, "said the channel depth is 27 meters, a width of 83 meters and its length is 286 kilometers, reports the newspaper  'Komsomolskaya Pravda' . Ie Nicaragua Canal should be deeper, wider and longer than its counterpart in Panama. It is expected that construction of the Nicaragua Canal is much cheaper than building the Panama Canal. "two ports, one on the Pacific coast, the other on the Atlantic coast, airfields and the large channel capacity. was offered the possibility of saving up to 10 days compared with that of Panama. And this is a huge savings, a major attraction is a great competition, "said Projánov.    "And now, Russian and Chinese companies interact in an area close to the United States. course, this is not pleasant for Americans, "he said.      director of the National Institute of Energy of Russia Sergey Pravosúdov, meanwhile, said that the channel Nicaragua greatly weaken the position of the U.S., causing a blow to U.S. prestige "America controls the main points of the sea lanes. Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the major trading routes through Singapore, Gibraltar, etc. Therefore to U.S. the emergence of an alternative route is a direct challenge, "says Pravosúdov quoted by  'Svobodnaya Pressa' .


    Complete text: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/126924-bomba-geoestrategica-eeuu-canal-nicaragua?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  Viktor on Wed May 14, 2014 11:30 pm

    Nice  thumbsup 

    Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal May 14, 2014 Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  Cyberspec on Sun May 18, 2014 12:48 pm

    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup 

    Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal May 14, 2014  Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

    This channel if it eventuates, will be a REAL game changer both economically and geopolitically
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    Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal May 14, 2014 Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

    Post  Cyberspec on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:32 pm

    Cyberspec wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup 

    Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal May 14, 2014  Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

    This channel if it eventuates, will be a REAL game changer both economically and geopolitically

    An update on the Nicaraguan channel...

    Grand $40 billion project of Atlantic-Pacific Nicaragua Canal finally completed

    World  July 08, 12:48 UTC+4
    The company HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment plans to start construction works in December
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/739488

    However, Russia will provide not so much economic and organizational assistance as military and political support, for it will establish a base in Nicaragua to guard the construction site against possible acts of provocation. Moreover, Russian warships and aircrafts will be allowed to be present in the country’s territorial waters and coastline.
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    Russia - Brazil partnership: News

    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:54 am

    Putin: Brazil is one of Russia's key partners in Latin America

    QUESTION: How do you assess the status and prospects of the strategic partnership between Russia and Brazil? What key issues and specific proposals are you planning to discuss in Brasilia?
    Russian president to visit Cuba, Argentina, Brazil during Latin America tour

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: Our bilateral cooperation is of strategic importance, as Brazil is a responsible member of the international community whose political influence is steadily increasing; it is also the largest country in Latin America and one of the leading economies in the world. It is enough to mention its active participation in BRICS, the G20 and a number of Latin American regional organisations (CELAC, MERCOSUR, UNASUR).

    We support Brazil as a deserving and strong candidate for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. I am sure that this powerful and fast-developing country is destined to play an important role in the emerging polycentric world order.

    I want to emphasise that Brazil is one of Russia's key partners in Latin America. We have long-standing relations of friendship, mutual respect and trust. We are actively developing political dialogue, defence, scientific, technological and humanitarian cooperation, as well as economic and investment ties.

    Over the last ten years, bilateral trade has grown almost three-fold and reached $5.5 billion in 2013. Our companies maintain close contacts through the Brazil-Russia Business Council. The citizens of our countries no longer need visas to travel. Dozens of Russia's best universities that joined Brazilian educational programme Science without Borders are ready to welcome students from Brazil. Cultural exchanges have become a regular practice.

    During the visit, we want to discuss areas for further developing cooperation and to outline new joint projects in energy, investment, innovation, agriculture, science and technology. We plan to sign a large package of documents relating to a variety of industries, including between specialised agencies, public and private companies, and research and educational institutions.

    QUESTION: The current level of economic and trade relations between Russia and Brazil is far below the potential that has been proclaimed by the countries' leaders. What steps do you consider necessary to accelerate the realisation of this potential? What are the obstacles that slow us down and prevent us from taking bilateral trade to a completely new level?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: Indeed, despite the good results achieved, there is still an untapped potential in trade and economic cooperation with Brazil. Moreover, there was a decrease in bilateral trade (3.3% in 2013), caused by global economic instability. In order to address the situation we need to diversify our trade ties by increasing the share of high-tech products and engineering goods, as well as by developing cooperation in aviation, energy and agriculture.

    Russian companies are interested in the Brazilian market. Our countries' businesses have launched a number of successful investment projects in energy, engineering and pharmaceutical industries. For example, Russia’s Rosneft and the Brazilian HRT oil and gas company are jointly exploring and producing hydrocarbons in the Solimões river basin. In the state of Santa Catarina, the Power Machines corporation is setting up production of hydro turbines of up to 100 MW for their subsequent delivery to the markets of Brazil and other MERCOSUR countries. BIOCAD is developing a research, education and training centre in Brazil, designed to produce modern innovative medicines for the treatment of cancer.

    I am sure that such projects will help bring our bilateral trade and economic cooperation to a more mature level, which meets the current and future capabilities of our developing countries.

    QUESTION: Brazil will pass the baton of hosting a world football championship to Russia. Are you following the FIFA World Cup? Which part of Brazil's experience in preparing and hosting the event has attracted your attention and can be taken on board while organising the 2018 World Cup?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: I try to follow the World Cup as far as my work schedule allows. The Latin American countries’ teams have put on a display of football that has real flare and talent. Unfortunately, our team did not leave the group, but, in my opinion, they tried their best.

    At the invitation of Brazil and FIFA Presidents, I am going to visit the final match of the Championship to attend the ceremony of passing the baton from Brazil to Russia. In 2018, Russia will host this most popular global sporting event for the first time in its history.

    In February-March, we successfully hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi and know exactly what a challenge it is to organise such a huge event. We are analysing Brazil’s experience very carefully. Your country is yet to host the Olympic Games in 2016. Representatives of several ministries and organisations, including the Ministry of Sports and the Russia-2018 Organising Committee, are in constant contact with Brazilian colleagues. They have already visited Brazil and I am sure they will go there again more than once.

    It is worth noting that Russia plans to take the FIFA World Cup a step further in some areas. For example, we passed a federal law establishing a special visa regime for foreigners who help organise the 2018 Championship, and enabling not only the official participants, such as the athletes, referees, coaches and others, but also the fans to visit Russia without visas right before and during the competition. The history of football championships has never seen anything like this before.

    I am sure that the World Cup in Brazil will be a bright page in the history of football. I wish the Brazilian organisers every success in completing it. As for us, in 2018, we will do everything possible to give the world an unforgettable football celebration and show genuine Russian hospitality.

    QUESTION: How much attention will be paid during the talks in Latin America to the issues of the modern world order, which enables some players on the international arena to unilaterally claim significantly more extensive rights, including to spy even on those leaders that they call partners and to hack their phones?

    VLADIMIR PUTIN: The 21st century world is globalised and interdependent. Therefore, no state or group of countries can unilaterally tackle major international problems and any attempts to build a separate “oasis of stability and security” are doomed to failure.

    In order to meet numerous challenges and threats we have to stop trying to impose development models on other countries. This approach has repeatedly proven its ineffectiveness. It does not just fail to facilitate conflict resolution, but leads to instability and chaos in international affairs.

    Today, it is especially important to consolidate the international community’s efforts to ensure equal and indivisible security, as well as to resolve disputes trough the application of international law and with the central coordinating role of the UN.

    As for the facts of cyber espionage that you mentioned, it not only amounts to overt hypocrisy in relationships between allies and partners, but also a direct violation of the state's sovereignty, an infringement on human rights and an invasion of privacy. We are looking forward to jointly developing an international information security system.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:22 pm

    Putin makes unplanned visit to Nicaragua

    The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has changed the schedule for his Latin American tour and arrived a brief working visit in Nicaragua. Making his way from Cuba to Argentina on Saturday, the Russian leader decided on a stopover in Managua, where he had earlier been officially invited. At Managua airport, he was welcomed by Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega.

    "Much is yet to be done to develop our relations, especially in the economic area, but we have a good basis for that," Putin said, adding that Russia and Nicaragua had long-standing good relations. "We admire personal courage and the courage of your people," he told Ortega. The Russian leader recalled that the year 2014 is a jubilee for Russia and Nicaragua, which established diplomatic relations 70 years ago.

    The Nicaraguan leader called Putin’s visit to his country a historic event. "This is the first-ever visit by the Russian president to Nicaragua, and we are very happy to welcome you here," he said.

    Ortega reassured Putin that Nicaragua supported Russia's peace efforts. "We are ready to take part in Russia’s initiatives on maintaining peace for the entire planet and its regions," he said. "Conflict settlement lies not in bombing but in reasonable approaches. The most vital thing is to lend an ear to the will of the people".

    The Russian delegation included Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, presidential aide, Yuri Ushakov, and oil major Rosneft's CEO, Igor Sechin.

    Nicaragua's delegation included the Nicaraguan president's envoy for trade-and economic and investment cooperation with Russia, Laureano Ortega, Deputy Foreign Minister, Valdrak Jaentschek, co-chairman of the Russian-Nicaraguan intergovernmental commission on economic and technical research cooperation, Commander-in-Chief of the Nicaraguan Army, Julio Cesar Aviles, and President of energy company Enatrel, Salvador Mansell.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_12/Putin-makes-unplanned-visit-to-Nicaragua-2461/
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:35 am

    Russia Places Emphasis on Developing Strategic Partnership with Brazil - Putin

    BRASILIA, July 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin underlined the extraordinary constructive atmosphere of the Russian-Brazilian talks, saying they reflected in full the spirit of mutual understanding established between the countries.

    “Our relations are an example of openness and equality of rights,” Putin said during the luncheon arranged by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in honor of her Russian counterpart.

    “I once again was convinced that our Brazilian friends are set to strengthen ties with Russia, closely cooperate with us on the world arena, including the UN, G20 and other international organizations,” Putin said, noting that “our countries have similar positions on key international issues, together they bear up the principles of the multipolar world.”

    According to the Russian president, “Russia and Brazil have truly huge economic potential” and already have a track record of “a whole range of successful investment projects, including those in the energy sector, engineering manufacture, pharmaceuticals industry.”

    “Of course, we are interested in moving further, deepening the industrial cooperation in the high-technology spheres, such as informatics, biotechnologies, aircraft engineering, space industry,” Putin said.

    “We are ready to create most comfortable working conditions for Brazilian companies in the Russian market,” the president noted.

    Commenting on the topic of humanitarian relations and sport, in particular the baton of hosting the World Cup picked up by Russia, Putin said that “Brazil as a country that organized the event, as a host, raised the bar very high, and we will have to do a lot to keep the bar on this level.”

    Russian President assured that based on the Brazilian experience Russia “is ready to do everything to hold the 2018 World Cup in a way that football fans all over the world expect.”

    “We are ready for the close cooperation in all spheres in the best interests of our nations and states and I am convinced that we can do a lot if we combine our efforts,” Russian leader concluded.

    President Putin met his Brazilian counterpart as part of his Latin American tour. On July 15-16, the Russian leader is due to attend a meeting of the BRICS nations also including India, China and South Africa, in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:19 pm

    Russian Railways to bid for Brazil railroad construction

    FORTALEZA, July 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Railways in consortium with a Brazilian company plans to take part in a tender on the construction of railroads in Brazil, Vice President Alexander Misharin said late Tuesday at the BRICS summit.

    The tender will be held for six sites, and Russian Railways has not yet chosen a tender for participation, Misharin said. He also said that the company may establish a separate office in Brazil to act as an engineering company.

    “The railroads here will be constructed on the basis of concession. A preliminary contest will be held in summer. There is a partner here, with whom we will possibly participate,” Misharin said.

    He said that under the concession agreements 70% will be paid by the national bank, while 30% will be provided by the concessioners. The government will buy all the transportation volumes through a special company. Russian Railways can become the railroad’s operator in the future.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:22 am

    Russia plans to boost food imports from Uruguay

    MOSCOW, August 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s federal veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to increase the number of food importers from Uruguay licensed to supply lamb, beef, pork and dairy products to the country , spokeswoman Yulia Trofimova said after talks between Russian officials and representatives from Uruguay.

    “Uruguay told us, among other things, that they were going to make the most of the opened opportunities to increase exports of their products,” Trofimova said, adding that the Russian agency also planned to sign a separate agreement with Uruguayan officials on supplies of high-quality beef.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:17 am

    EU to urge Latin America not to export food to Russia
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:55 pm

    Translation... EU is getting petty and will impose sanctions on countries that don't morally punish Russia for acting against the interests of the west...

    Hahahahaha... the EU is hoping that the latin american countries will show solidarity with the west and support the Kiev Junta... and not take advantage of the situation and sell their products in Russia and steal the wests customer... a customer they are clearly trying to starve.


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    Post  Werewolf on Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:05 pm

    GarryB wrote:Translation... EU is getting petty and will impose sanctions on countries that don't morally punish Russia for acting against the interests of the west...

    Hahahahaha... the EU is hoping that the latin american countries will show solidarity with the west and support the Kiev Junta... and not take advantage of the situation and sell their products in Russia and steal the wests customer... a customer they are clearly trying to starve.

    What i really would love to see in a century is when the US empire is gone and zionism is destroyed that North American Continent and Europe can not bully around South American,Middle Eastern,Asian and African countries and they start to develope under non tyrannical conditions and become what they should always be in the first place, prosperous countries that are the main supplier of resources, so far Europe and NA have nothing provided to the table except looting and raping countries for their own development with resources of others. And NA and Europe get the status of being what they always were, uncivilized barbarians that have nothing to offer.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:07 am

    Yes... I suffer from a bit of white shame... oh the west will dress it up as bringing civilisation to the natives but it was really all about finding and securing resources for yourself and your country to give your empire an advantage over the other empires of Europe.

    Perhaps in 100 years time historians can be a bit less Euro centric and a bit more honest and balanced about things.

    BTW related to that there was a brilliant documentary on the History channel.... yeah I know... the history channel and brilliant documentary... hasn't happened in a while.

    It was Oliver Stones history of the US and I thought it was outstanding. it was not anti American at all, but it didn't just look at the American point of view but had a balanced well rounded point of view.

    ie Japan didn't just out of the blue attack Pearl Harbour for little or no reason... after years of crippling sanctions and also trying to go into Siberia and being stopped that they invaded the Pacific for the resources that the British and US blockades prevented them from trading legally and peacefully.


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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:42 am

    Faced with Western Sanctions, Russia Turns South

    Russia imposed its own bans on agricultural products from North America and Europe, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk dairy products, fruits and vegetables, which will directly benefit many Latin American coutnries.

    For months, Western leaders have been accusing Russia of meddling in Ukraine. Despite blatant support for Ukraine's new leadership – including far-right political groups – by the same Western leaders, the accusations of Russia “destabilising Ukraine” have escalated from rhetoric to actions.

    Russia has had sudden, severe economic sanctions placed on it by the United States and the European Union. Within half a year, Russia has found itself estranged from partnerships it had been cultivating since the end of the Cold War. While the souring of relations began with Russia's refusal to allow Western aggressions against Syria, its incorporation of Crimea into its territory following the overwhelming referendum in the autonomous republic, confirmed the new east-west schism.

    The sanctions, which hit Russian agricultural, military, financial and political sectors, are meant as a “strong warning.”

    As they showed during the Syria situation when they were similarly 'warned', the government of Vladimir Putin was prepared to not only weather measures against it by the West but also ready to respond in kind.

    Last week, Russia imposed its own bans on agricultural products from North America and Europe, placing a one-year ban on products from the West including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Russia had grown to become the world's biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, as well as the second largest purchaser of U.S. poultry. The ban may hit the European Union alone for up to $16 billion in export losses, according to Russian estimates.

    Fresh off the heals of an extensive Latin American tour that included the BRICS Summit in Brazil, Russia is looking to shift its procurement to new markets, especially its allies in South America who have a lot to offer in produce, thanks to the rich biodiversity of the region.

    While the potential increases in exports – as well as their value – are still being negotiated, the likely exports from Latin America to Russia represent a potential boom for Latin American agriculture.

    Argentina


    Russia and Argentina already have strong trade relations. In 2013, trade between the two countries reached US$2.6 billion, a 16 percent growth from the previous year. Argentine officials have said they plan to double bilateral trade in 2014, with the hope of exceeding US$5 billion. In the first quater of 2014, over 27 tonnes of meat were shipped to Russia. Besides meat, Russia imports Argentinian pears, grapes, apples, citrus fruits, beef, peanuts, butter, and cheese.

    Brazil


    Brazilian exports to Russia in 2012 totaled US$3.14 billion, with Russia as the 2nd largest buyer of Brazilian beef. Other agricultural exports from Brazil to Russia include sugar, soy, coffee, orange juice and bananas. Brazilian meat producers are already preparing for increased exports. Ninety new Brazilian plants have received approval to export beef, chicken and pork to Russia.


    Chile


    In 2013, Chilean exports to Russia equaled US$567 million in agricultural products including salmon, trout, fruit, gelatin, pork, and wine. Chile also exports a wide array of fruits such as grapes, avocadoes, berries, plums, and kiwis.

    Ecuador


    While current Ecuadorian exports to Russia - including bananas, cut flower, coffee and tea – have not been significant (just US$817,000 in 2013), in the first five months of 2014, Russia imported 580,000 tons of bananas and 9,300 tons of roses from Ecuador.

    Uruguay

    Uruguay is also looking to get into the Russian meat market, although it currently exports fish, dairy products and fruits. Agricultural exports represent 88 percent of all exports to Russia.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:32 pm

    Russian watchdog to allow 6 Brazilian companies to import pork

    MOSCOW, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control will publish a list of Brazilian companies approved for importing pork on Thursday, spokeswoman Yulia Trofimova told ITAR-TASS late Wednesday.

    “There were only two pork producers on the list. We are planning to open four more companies,” Trofimova said.

    On August 6, the service said it approved imports by 91 Brazilian companies, including 31 beef byproduct suppliers, 27 poultry and beef meat suppliers, four suppliers of pork and pork byproducts and three suppliers of milk and dairy products. Previously only about 50 Brazilian companies had the right to import to Russia.

    Trofimova also said that after talks with the Chilean ambassador, the service approved imports of 12 fish producers and lifted the ban from two fish companies, while six companies expressed their willingness to increase fish supplies to the country.
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    Re: Russia in Latin America

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:12 am

    Russia Looking to Ecuador to Fill Import Gap

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