Over the last five years Russian interest in the Caribbean has been growing steadily; so that today Moscow’s diplomatic profile and its economic presence in a number of Caribbean nations is now stronger than at any time since the end of the Cold War.
It has also made clear that it again intends having a long term military presence in the Caribbean Basin. This is attracting US attention as Washington comes to see Russia’s presence in the Latin American and Caribbean region as an attempt by President Putin to erode US leadership and challenge Western influence in the Western hemisphere.
Although Russia’s interest in the Caribbean is on a much smaller scale to that of China, its presence, its alternative approach on foreign-policy issues, its state-led economic interest, and its re-engagement with a changing Cuba, represents a significant alternative in the broadening spectrum of Caribbean relationships.
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