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‘Closer than ever to Moscow’: How Sputnik V is helping Russia regain foothold in Latin America – Sydney Morning Herald

“For the Kremlin, COVID was a godsend,” says a former US official of Russia’s vaccine outreach.

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Russias presence in Latin America has been limited since the 1990s, and in recent years primarily entailed an alliance with Venezuela for provision of arms and energy projects, as well as Nicaragua for arms and building emergency response capabilities. But Latin Americas arms purchases plunged as its commodities boom ended and Venezuelas economy melted down.
Russian ties were also strong with the government of Argentinas Cristina Fernandez Kirchner from 2007 to 2015 and appear to be reviving. As…

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