Oil, espionage rallying allies? Trips of Putin’s men to Cuba and Venezuela attract attentionVeröffentlicht: 22. März 2023 Abgelegt unter: Igor Sechin head of the Russian state oil company Rosneft, Kuba, RUSSLAND, Venezuela Hinterlasse einen Kommentar
Oil, espionage rallying allies? Trips of Putin’s men to Cuba and Venezuela attract attention
The recent visits of high-profile Russian officials to Cuba and Venezuela, all in less than a week, have fueled scrutiny and speculation about Russia’s interests in the region amid the war it launched on Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin’s top security adviser and close ally, Gen. Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian Security Council secretary, met with Cuba’s leader Raúl Castro and the country’s appointed president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in Havana on Wednesday to discuss “security cooperation.”
Also present was Lázaro Alberto Álvarez Casas, the head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior, which oversees the country’s various intelligence agencies, the police and border guard. In his strongest statement yet, Díaz-Canel told Patrushev that “we fully support Moscow’s position that the conflict in Ukraine was deliberately provoked by the West and NATO, and we understand that Russia was forced to launch a special operation,” according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official Russian government newspaper.
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