Military Review

Russia reopens Latin America

Recently, Russia's foreign policy ties have acquired a very specific character. A greater percentage of agreements on the development of commodity circulation between the Russian Federation and foreign countries are born, if not in heavy agony, then go through a series of manifest difficulties. Perhaps this situation has become a global trend: no easy deals without taking into account the undercurrents of the political situation. You want to trade - remember that your potential trading partner has its own political skeleton in the closet, the presence of which cannot be ignored.

The political skeletons and other factors accompanying the current international agreements were also manifested during the visit of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev to the countries of Latin America. Medvedev last week visited two states in the region, and the agreements reached in these countries became an occasion for discussion. Particularly hotly in Russia itself have responded to reports that Russia is ready this year to write off most of the Cuban debt, which has been “hanging” since the days of the USSR, as well as on the restructuring of its remaining part.

The piquancy of the situation lies in the fact that the exact amount of Cuba’s debt to the Russian Federation as the successor of the USSR is not called by anyone. More precisely - they call everything, but the amounts named by various experts rarely coincide with each other. For example, before 2005, the Ministry of Finance of Russia talked about the 19,5 number of billions of dollars. In 2005, Alexei Kudrin, who at that time held the post of head of the Ministry of Finance, had already started talking about new data - 25 billion dollars. It would seem that everything is correct - the amount of debt is growing, because no one has canceled interest on loans. However, already in 2006, the deputy to Mr. Kudrin, Sergey Storchak, made his own arithmetic calculations and outlined the amount of debt in 22 billion dollars. Why has debt declined by as much as $ 3 billion in just a few months? Perhaps the Cubans paid part of it? However, the Cubans not only did not pay anything, but in general they didn’t recognize the fact of having the debt to Moscow for more than two decades. Some complaints from the authorities of Havana were answered by the following: you in general 1991 “threw” us at all, refusing to cooperate on the already signed agreements, and therefore we could give you our own and reciprocal claims.

In general, Russia for the time being considered the percentages of the Cuban debt, Cuba clearly hinted that “you didn’t pay for Lourdes with us” and they themselves refused to fulfill their trade obligations in the early nineties ... They did until 2013. All these correspondence disputes and mutual claims of the former “brothers forever” and led to the fact that both in Russia and in Cuba everyone considered his debt, let's say, partner, solely by his own method - who, what is in that city. Particularly distinguished were some publications in Russia, which, due to some kind of their own financial analysis and economic arithmetic, were able to calculate Cuba’s debt to Russia in the amount of 35 billions of dollars. At the same time, none of the masters who published this amount did not bother to clarify where the sum came from. But, apparently, a completely different goal was pursued here: they say Medvedev gives away our money to you with tens of billions, and here we sit and squish with our noses ...

No - of course, multi-billion dollar gifts for our once best friends in Latin America are at least controversial. But after all, having said “A”, not all publications (especially those who consider themselves to be irreconcilably oppositional) will say “B”. Information by the majority of Russian media is being presented as: Medvedev writes off a $ X billion debt to Cuba. Writes off, they say, and that's it ...

But, in actual fact, the cancellation and restructuring of Cuban debt from Russia on closer examination of these agreements turns out to be very, very promising. We have recently written off many things, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, the write-off was, indeed, carried out from despair. In fact, the Russian authorities recognized that they would not give us the debt anyway, and so - even though there is an opportunity to declare a further course on "friendship and cooperation." In the case of Cuba, the situation is somewhat different.

Firstly, it should be noted that after the talks held in Havana, Raul Castro, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Island of Freedom, allowed himself what seemed impossible several years ago. He acknowledged the existence of a debt to Russia, and in fact refused the very possibility of putting forward financial claims to Moscow. In addition, the signing of preliminary agreements with Cuba itself did not boil down to a situation that a number of Russian media outlines roughly like this:

Russia: Cuba, we forgive you 30 billion bucks! ..
Cuba: Thank you, Dmitry Anatolyevich, goodbye, hello to the family ...

In fact, we are talking about the so-called impressive bilateral concessions. The first "concession" is that it is Russian companies that can get the right to work together with Cuban companies to develop oil fields on the Cuban shelf. By the way, the presence of impressive hydrocarbon reserves off the coast of Cuba was discovered even by Soviet specialists in the second half of the eighties. One should not forget that not so long ago, the Russian state-owned company Zarubezhneft signed agreements with the Cuban party, according to which, if new studies on the shelf of Liberty Island lead to the discovery of large reserves of so-called commercial hydrocarbons, then the Russian company will receive the right to jointly produce oil from Cuban “Cubapetroleo” for the next 20 years.

Oil production on the shelf of Cuba according to Russian technologies can lead to certain preferences for both Cuba and Russia. It will be possible to sell the produced oil to other countries of the Caribbean and even to other regions, which, to put it mildly, is no longer in the interests of the United States. In addition to Venezuela, getting another large oil producer in the region of its own southeastern underbelly, whose policy, let's say, does not quite impress Washington, is a new headache for the United States.

However, in addition to the oil issue, there are a number of others that make us take a different look at the restructuring of Cuba’s debt to Russia. In particular, during the visit of Prime Minister Medvedev to the Island of Freedom, truly breakthrough agreements were reached in terms of mutual trade. The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, jointly with the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade, signed an agreement on cooperation in terms of a unified tariff system, which today is already more than productively manifesting itself in the framework of the Customs Union. In this regard, Cuba is turning, let's say, into a kind of candidate for joining the Customs Union, because full-fledged tariff preferences do not apply to countries that are not members of the union. The new rules of trade between Russia and Cuba, according to representatives of the Cuban side, can lead to significant advances. One of the areas of cooperation is the involvement of Russian specialists in the modernization of the railway communication system, without which the development of the mining sector is impossible. It turns out that Russia gets into its hands a very tasty piece of puff pie, in which - not only oil production, but also transportation of the extracted raw materials to various ports of the country.

In addition, Russia and Cuba are switching to a system of so-called best-selling trade deals. In other words, there will be no mediation in the conduct of commodity operations between Moscow and Havana, which will reduce the cost of mutually imported goods for both Russia and Cuba.

Cuban supply contracts concluded aviation technicians: three An-158 aircraft, two Tu-204, as well as for the re-equipment by Russian specialists of the Il-96-400 aircraft located on Liberty Island.

Russia and Cuba signed agreements on cooperation in education, nuclear power, space exploration and hydrometeorology. It was decided to sign a protocol on the exchange of information, which many experts associate with the possible resumption by Russia, let's say, of monitoring the situation on the territory of our large “partner” - the United States. I do not want to put forward any unconfirmed conjectures about the fact that the Russian military presence (or the presence of dual use) could revive in Cuba, but for some reason the essence of the phrase “information exchange” is not fully disclosed by the press services in full ...

The visit to Cuba of Prime Minister Medvedev was held after he visited Brazil, where he also managed to sign a series of lucrative contracts. One of the topics discussed was the fact that Brazil is buying the Russian Igla-S and the Pantsir-1 air defense missile systems, as well as the fact that Russian specialists in Brazil will start building several nuclear power plants and hydropower plants, the appearance of which will saturate the growing Brazilian economy electricity. In other words, while the European Union declares the indispensability of abandoning nuclear energy, South America is taking a different path, which will give a serious impetus to the same Brazilian economy.

During the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Brazil, the so-called "meat issue" was also settled. The fact is that not so long ago, Russia threatened countries that export meat products to the Russian Federation that do not meet Russian standards to refuse to purchase. While the US was hysterical about the fact that Moscow exerts political “meat” pressure, the Brazilians took into account Russia's requirements and signed an agreement on the supply of meat to Russia under new conditions.

Summing up all the above, it is worth rehashing a classic quotation: rumors about the demise of Russia's foreign trade policy are greatly exaggerated. It remains to hope that all the agreements reached will not remain exclusively on paper ...

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  1. GSH-18
    GSH-18 26 February 2013 09: 43
    Russia needs to develop military-technical cooperation with such countries of Latin America as Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil. Not everyone likes American dominance everywhere and in everything.
  2. Big lexey
    Big lexey 26 February 2013 09: 47
    I want to believe that we will return to Cuba seriously and for a long time. This opens up enormous prospects, both in trade and in military cooperation.
    Alternatively, it is possible to mount stations on early warning of a missile attack of high factory readiness of the Voronezh type on the territory of Cuba - it will be a beautiful response to the deployment of missile defense in Europe.
    1. Akhtuba73
      Akhtuba73 26 February 2013 13: 36
      I want to believe...
      This is one of the few countries (if not the last) where we are still treated well. Do not take advantage of this - an unheard-of waste, realizing that much has been lost over the years. As soon as the grip of the Castro brothers is slightly weakened, the Great and Terrible Neighbor will instantly take up such a tidbit and a close bite. The benefit of technology has long been successfully worked out in territories located an order of magnitude further ... and here everything is nearby ... almost America is native ... And the military component should be designated ... should not, or rather, MANDATORY !!!
    2. unclevad
      unclevad 26 February 2013 17: 20
      And another S-400. Let the Americans scream.
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 26 February 2013 21: 07
        As I understand from the article, they want to write off Cuba's debts. It was necessary to set an indispensable condition - entry into our customs union! That would be happy in the Western Hemisphere !!! am And the base there, the base ..
        1. Egoza
          Egoza 26 February 2013 22: 40
          Quote: Thunderbolt
          It was necessary to put an indispensable condition-entry into our customs union!

          And they would be happy! only now do not offer! But in vain!
          1. Thunderbolt
            Thunderbolt 26 February 2013 23: 20
            And after all, Liberty Island does not surrender! VIVA CUBA, The revolution continues soldier !!!
    3. Drill
      Drill 27 February 2013 02: 26
      Quote: BigLexey
      As an option, it is possible to mount on the territory of Cuba stations on the early warning of a missile attack of high factory readiness of the Voronezh type

      and return to the Radio Electronic Center in Lourdes
  3. SSR
    SSR 26 February 2013 10: 16
    answered approximately the following: you generally threw us in 1991,

    That's honest ... when I say that we threw ourselves into the 90s (including the Republics and peoples that are part of the Russian Federation), then many start talking about their taxes about why I should feed them .. and so on and so forth.
    But you need to understand .. that the countries of the republic whose life and rhythm were depending on the "rhythm" of the Kremlin .. at one point they found themselves in a kind of vacuum ... with dangling ties ... of course, after such shock therapy, they consider themselves to be thrown ...
    IMHA but something like that. (((
    (I always speak clumsily).
    1. Igarr
      Igarr 26 February 2013 12: 53
      Roman ... had fun ..
      you write it sloppy ... all some kind of swagger ..)) ... ((.. %%
      But the idea is clear.
      1. SSR
        SSR 26 February 2013 13: 05
        Good day, Igor!
        Yes, I don’t know how to form thoughts into sentences correctly))
  4. knyazDmitriy
    knyazDmitriy 26 February 2013 10: 29
    the base would be there with Iskander, a real answer to the American missile defense system in Europe.
    1. Big lexey
      Big lexey 26 February 2013 10: 53
      Iskander in Cuba is not reasonable to deploy. In the current modification, they have an extremely small radius of destruction, which makes it meaningless to be on Liberty Island, especially taking into account their usual (non-nuclear) equipment.
      And the second: I do not think that anyone wants a repeat of the Caribbean crisis.
      1. favn
        favn 26 February 2013 11: 22
        No need to create the base yourself. What prevents arming the Cuban army?
    2. werewolf
      werewolf 26 February 2013 16: 41
  5. Tartary
    Tartary 26 February 2013 10: 57
    Quote: knyazDmitriy
    the base would be there with Iskander, a real answer to the American missile defense system in Europe.

    Iskanders will not pull ...
    Declared range of up to 500 km.
    It is necessary to resume the production of tactical missiles with a range of 1000 to 2500 km., With the function of high-precision destruction.
  6. valokordin
    valokordin 26 February 2013 11: 19
    Quote: Tartary
    It is necessary to resume the production of tactical missiles with a range of 1000 to 2500 km., With the function of high-precision destruction.
    Reply Quote Report Abuse

    Well, this is not tactical, but operational tactical, but as for debt, so you can’t measure the price of treason against Cuba by the Russian Federation with any money. And they also ordered us 3 IL-96-300 and 2 Tu-154 to support our agonal Air Industry. And this shorty was still important. Patria la muerte! Kuba si puda no!
  7. Renat
    Renat 26 February 2013 11: 20
    So much dough is invested. If you do not return then at least take the political benefits. Comandante Fedor Castrov is also not eternal. What will happen after him?
  8. kostella85
    kostella85 26 February 2013 11: 24
    Gentlemen, I don’t know who our Motherland has written off yet.
    1. Igarr
      Igarr 26 February 2013 12: 48
      I know.
      Take any country in Africa. In Oceania.
      Written off - to all.
      Then she gained debt.
      Well, at least, it’s practically written off now.
    SHOGUN 26 February 2013 11: 26
    I think Cuba should be Russia's response to the American presence around its borders. And it would be nice to screw missile defense on a cube. Let the Americans sprinkle with saliva.
    1. Igarr
      Igarr 26 February 2013 12: 47
      Jokers, you brothers ..
      Missile defense in Cuba ??
      Yes, poor amers will be beaten up in hysteria, their arms and legs will be broken.
      Their suicide will go on a rampage. It’s good for us .. and what does it feel like to them?
      Remember how 080808 - they looked at their Georgia, not to see something of Russian tanks?
      And then they will be told that Russian missiles appeared in Miami ???
      Work out. It’s liquid.
      In 1961, Khrushchev tried to place there .. rockets. Almost the 3rd world has not begun.
      But, to bind Cuba to us stronger - it is necessary. Definitely.
  10. ovgorskiy
    ovgorskiy 26 February 2013 11: 55
    The best option would be to rent a small piece of land on account of the debts for 50 years to accommodate the Voronezh-type Maaal radar station to track Iranian missile launches. And also a small piece in the port with a couple of C grade berths. And to put there several small warships to defend against the "North Korean aggressor."
  11. Very smart
    Very smart 26 February 2013 11: 58
    Cuba, of course, is good, but they love money. Twenty years have passed since the USSR collapsed and fraternal aid ended. During this time, with Cuba, except for his brother Hugo Chavez, no one made friends. And that only recently. So Cuba is not going anywhere from us! No need to pump! Even if it is not possible to get money now, it is premature to write off debts under promises of "participation in the search and possible development of oil fields on the shelf". It is strong with a pitchfork and very water! The bear did not lend - there is nothing to write off! It was necessary to reduce interest, restructure, postpone payments, in the end take bananas !!! Let's eat it !!!
    He’d better ride all over South America and sell weapons! There would be more benefit. There with modern weapons is a problem. Argentina is ready to fight for the Falklands, Venezuela - always ready, Paraguay, Uruguay and others smaller always share something - you need help.
    And there is no one to repair Soviet planes in Cuba except ours!
    There it would be to place a navy base and an AWACS station - that would be great!
    1. Proud.
      Proud. 26 February 2013 12: 58
      You can still with cane sugar, rum, cigars and Cuban fighters (as before in Africa, though this is no longer true).
    2. valerei
      valerei 26 February 2013 13: 14
      Well written, very smart. I wanted to give a comment myself, but, in principle, everything has already been written. I just want to add and ask, though I don’t know anyone: Why is the Russian population not officially and thoroughly explaining the reasons for such negotiations and their final results? There are no official explanations - that means rumors and speculation. And who needs it? On the other hand, Volodin Alexei, who is he? What sources of information does he have? However, no one reads our comments and, therefore, the advice of Shibko the smart will be in vain.
      1. Ascetic
        Ascetic 26 February 2013 23: 41
        Quote: valerei
        Why is it not officially and in detail explained to the Russian population the background of such negotiations and their final results?

        List of signed documents:

        Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cuba on cooperation in the field of peaceful exploration and use of outer space;
        Memorandum of Understanding between the State Corporation Rosatom and the Agency for Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of the Republic of Cuba on cooperation in the fields of nuclear medicine and the production of radioactive medical products;
        Option Agreement the supply of three AN-158 aircraft and the agreement of intent regarding the supply of three IL-96-400 aircraft between OJSC "Ilyushin Finance Co." and the Cuban Aviation Corporation
        Agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of the Republic of Cuba on cooperation in the field of hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring;
        Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba on educational cooperation;
        Memorandum of collaboration between the Federal Archival Agency and the National Archives of Cuba;
        Protocol between the Federal Customs Service and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of the Republic of Cuba on cooperation, exchange of information and mutual assistance within unified system of tariff preferences of the Customs Union;
        Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cuba on conditions for the provision of real estate for the needs of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cuba, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Havana and the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in the Russian Federation;
        The parties also initialed an agreement on settlement of the debt of the Republic of Cuba to the Russian Federation on loans provided by the USSR.
        1. Thunderbolt
          Thunderbolt 27 February 2013 00: 02
          Quote: Ascetic
          on cooperation in the field of hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring;
          Not otherwise, the RECs in Lourdes want to reanimate.
        2. Very smart
          Very smart 27 February 2013 22: 05
          The list of documents is good. But where is the rationale for writing off debts? The use of outer space for peaceful purposes is particularly exciting. crying Well, at least some profit should drip. Not all money can be transferred to them
  12. riding
    riding 26 February 2013 12: 22
    It is important that Cuba does not change its orientation, so that American advisers do not settle there. After all, Castro is not eternal (Fidel and Raul).
  13. Sunscorpion
    Sunscorpion 26 February 2013 12: 42
    Cuba is ideal for tickling the American underbelly, but keep in mind that they react very painfully to such escapades in the most idiotic and disproportionate way.
    Although their main strategy is playing against them - the so-called "100% Plan". Its essence is that America will not attack if there is no full guarantee that it will not be able to respond, first of all, with nuclear weapons. As long as there is even the slightest probability of at least one missile reaching its territory, they will not attack. The entire American military machine and strategy revolves around the implementation of this plan: bases in all parts of the world, a huge fleet, NATO allies, puppet regimes, political and geopolitical decisions, etc.
    Again, one of the largest naval bases is located in Cuba. So the approach should be comprehensive and not extended in time, otherwise they will come to their senses. As many have already noticed, you can rent a base and put radars against the "Iranian threat", just to implement all this you need to have a powerful fleet in the Atlantic, and one to level the distance to the metropolis and the American 6th Fleet in addition, otherwise the Americans everything is there.
    So this is a matter of the future, while economic relations need to be revived.
    1. atalef
      atalef 26 February 2013 14: 46
      Quote: SunScorpion
      Cuba is ideal for tickling the American underbelly, but keep in mind that they react very painfully to such escapades in the most idiotic and disproportionate way

      One tried to eat corn, and everyone knows how it all ended. But then the Soviet Army was more powerful today, I’m not saying that Cuba will not go on another adventure
      1. Ascetic
        Ascetic 27 February 2013 00: 06
        Quote: atalef
        .But then the Soviet Army was more powerful [/ b] today

        Really? As always in his repertoire ...

        В the USSR there was only four R-7 missile launch complexes in Plesetsk suitable for combat launch. And 25 R-16 missiles And that’s it ... This is according to ICBMs
        BRDS - 40 R-21 missiles and 20 R-12 missiles in Eastern Europe
        Long-range aviation - 100 Tu-95,3M and M-4 planes, and 1000 Tu-16 aircraft equipped with missiles with a radius of up to 700 km
        The USSR Navy - included a Project 658 SSBN, armed with missiles with a radius of 650 km with a surface launch, and a Project 611 SSB and a Project 629, a total of about 25. These submarines were less advanced than their American counterparts, were quite noisy and had a surface launch of missiles, which unmasked them.
        The air defense system of the USSR was object-based in structure, based on the wide deployment of S-75 air defense systems around protected objects. Early warning capabilities were limited due to the incomplete radar coverage of Siberia. There were no air defense systems with a range of more than 75 km or armed with nuclear warheads.

        В USA 144 ICBMs SM-65 Atlas with 1,44 MT W49 and 3,75 MT W38 warheads
        about 129 missiles were on permanent duty, of which half were stored in sheltered underground mines (the rest were in ground or buried reinforced concrete shelters). The time to prepare the missiles for launch ranged from 10 to 30 minutes. Also available was about 60 ICBMs SM-68 Titan-I with 3,75 MT W38
        Arsenal of ICBMs supplemented by BDSD PGM-19 Jupiter, with a radius of 2400 km. 30 of these missiles were deployed in southern Italy and 15 in Turkey. In the UK, 60 PGM-17 Thor missiles with similar characteristics were deployed. more than 800 B-52 and B-36 intercontinental bombers, over 2000 B-47 strategic bombers and about 150 supersonic B-58s. there was an arsenal of more than 547 supersonic AGM-28 Hound Dog missiles with a radius of up to 1200 km and free-falling nuclear bombs. The US Air Force positions in Northern Canada and Greenland allowed the USSR to carry out trans-polar attacks of the deep rear of the USSR with minimal resistance. The Navy had 8 SSBNs with 2000 km of Polaris missiles and 11 strike aircraft carriers, including the Enterprise, capable of carrying strategic A-3 nuclear bombers . Also available were a submarine with Regulus missiles.
        To defend the territory of the United States, an air defense system was deployed, based on three lines of early warning air attack radars. The extreme line - the DEW line (Distant Early Warning) went along the northern border of Canada. The main industrial areas, large populated and strategic centers were covered by the MIM-14 Nike-Hercules anti-aircraft missile systems and the CIM-10 Bomarc ultra-long-range air defense systems with a 7-10 Kt W40 nuclear warhead. The MIM-14 Nike-Hercules complexes also had the potential to hit ballistic missile warheads with nuclear warheads from 2 to 30 Kt.
        The air defense system was supported by a fleet of manned interceptors F-101 Voodoo, F-106 Delta Dart, F-89 Scorpion, numbering more than 3000 units with various types of guided weapons, including air-to-air nuclear missiles AIR-2 Genie. The interceptors were controlled by the SAGE semi-automatic ground guidance system

        The conclusion is the almost complete multiple quantitative and qualitative superiority of the United States in strategic weapons.
        Today, strategic parity remains, moreover, Russia is the only country in the world capable of completely destroying the United States.
    2. Sirocco
      Sirocco 26 February 2013 16: 00
      Quote: SunScorpion
      Cuba is the perfect way to tickle the American underbelly

      This is why it is worth forgiving debts to friends and partners. The United States "fights" badly on its territory. Let them get nervous if something can be organized in the United States (to help with the organization) rallies like the swamp. BUT, do not relax. The USA is a cunning and insidious enemy, And there is no worse and more dangerous mad dog that bites everyone indiscriminately. And the United States is now biting everyone in the hope of dragging as many "corpses" as possible to the bottom with it
  14. artemiy
    artemiy 26 February 2013 13: 27
    We need to consider the deployment of a Russian missile defense system in Cuba !!!
  15. knn54
    knn54 26 February 2013 14: 25
    It seems that in Latin America they remember those who defended the sovereignty of Paraguay, and then watered the lands of the province of Buenos Aires with blood ...
  16. zementiy
    zementiy 26 February 2013 14: 32
    It is necessary to raise the fleet
    1. Sirocco
      Sirocco 26 February 2013 15: 55
      So this is what they are doing now.
  17. Sirocco
    Sirocco 26 February 2013 15: 55
    As they say New - this is a well-forgotten old. And it pleases. We gave a little, and as a result we will receive an invaluable friendship with Cuba, which is located in such a beautiful region that is contrary to our military-political interests.
  18. vadson
    vadson 26 February 2013 16: 37
    Good health to all,
    I can’t understand even, the bear is like a suitcase without a handle, Putin already doesn’t know where to attach it so that he doesn’t mess up (about ... sya), but it would really send him there and Rogozin’s laurel and Sechin would be more sense, well and Zhirika so stupidly neighing))) would start small - a factory for repair and maintenance of equipment, if the reserves of energy resources were confirmed - they would build a nuclear power station to them, railway transport, it would not hurt to return lourdes to protect interests and lourdes, everything under the slogans of raising the economy and improving the life of the local population, the development of democracy, her mother. and there already Voronezh horseradish catching up, it seems it takes just two years to unfold. and in general, why the prime minister and not the first person in the state is engaged in foreign policy, he is not supposed to be ranked.
  19. Black
    Black 26 February 2013 16: 54
    IMHO We are trying to enter the same river for the second time under the name "big brother, give me some money, and I will give you great friendship."
    Raul said that 2018 will leave. Who's going to come? Will they let it on the loop?
  20. Klim
    Klim 26 February 2013 19: 20
    It is necessary to have a bridgehead near the throat of the enemy №1
    1. Alikovo
      Alikovo 26 February 2013 19: 53
      Venezuela and Cuba are great for this purpose.
  21. SlavaP
    SlavaP 26 February 2013 22: 29
    You can judge in different ways, but they threw Cuba in vain, it is a fact. And despite this, the majority there is still positively inclined towards Russia, and half still speak Russian. This is the time. And two- Latin America is gradually becoming a new center of power, Brazil, Argentina and Chile are generally tagged as Super Powers. So draw conclusions. And I'm going to learn Spanish ...
  22. ko88
    ko88 26 February 2013 22: 35
    We must certainly develop the markets of Latin America, since we have everything for this, but for some reason, again, this all flows into a sluggish current process.
  23. SHOGUN
    SHOGUN 27 February 2013 01: 59
    Perfect option. Cuba is part of the Russian Federation. What is going on in the congress and the pentagon !? And Obama: he cried, then laughed, then bristled like a ruff ... maaaahahaha !!!
    1. SlavaP
      SlavaP 27 February 2013 23: 28
      Yes, the dream is terrible ... but even a simple restoration of relations at the same level will make Americans sweat well
  24. Phoenix bird
    Phoenix bird 27 February 2013 18: 30
    Quote: Sirocco
    They gave a small

    Yes, not so small. $ 22.
    Or with a score problem?
    At the rate of 660 rubles.
    This means that our old people could raise their salaries by 25%.