Russia’s growing presence in Latin America is cause of worry for U.S. and its allies

The U.S. and its allies seem to be waking up a little too late.

Before Obama became President in 2008 the Soviets wanted to renovate their old Punte Hinte strategic airport in Nicaragua, the largest within the country, that can accommodate Russia’s Tu-160 strategic bomber (or other future bombers) in an ideal spot from which to launch attacks on the American homeland.

Most of the danger lies not in the fact that the Russians are meddling in America’s “backyard”, but in the fact of how slow America is to realize what’s taking place and how it reacts, which is complacent.

 

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Punta Heute Airfield, Nicaragua

 

Frequent visits to the region by high-ranking Russian officials – culminating this week with a four-nation trip by Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov – and rumors of the sale of military aircraft to countries like Argentina and Nicaragua have led to widespread speculation about Moscow’s increasing role in Latin America and what this means for relations between the United States and its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere. Continue reading