The US urged several Latin American countries to donate their Russian equipment to Ukraine

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The head of the US Southern Command, Laura Richardson, did not specify which are the six nations supplied by Moscow, beyond Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua

The US urged several Latin American countries to donate their Russian equipment to Ukraine

The US urged several Latin American countries to donate their Russian equipment to ensure security in the region. (REUTERS)

China and Russia are Washington's great rivals in Latin America”, as stated this Thursday by thehead of the US Southern Command, who suggested to Latin American countries that they “donate” Russian equipment to Ukraine to “replace” it with US material.

This The region matters and matters a lot for our national security”, said General Laura Richardson during a conversation with the Atlantic Council think-tank in Washington, aware of the criticism from Latin American countries that feel abandoned.

In the strategy of Homeland Security 2022, the administration of President Joe Biden prioritized China and identified Russia as a significant but localized challenge.

“America's number two adversary in the region is Russia,” said Richardson, the second woman to reach the rank of general in the US military.

A total of nine countries “have Russian equipment and we are working to replace that Russian equipment with equipment from the United States if those countries want to donate it to Ukraine or the ongoing cause,” he said, referring to the war waged after the invasion. Russian territory from Ukrainian territory almost a year ago.

The US urged several Latin American countries to donate their Russian equipment to Ukraine

A total of nine countries “have Russian equipment and we are working to replace that Russian equipment with equipment from the United States if those countries want to donate it to Ukraine or the ongoing cause,” he said, referring to the war waged after the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory almost a year ago. (REUTERS)

The general did not specify which are the six countries with Russian military equipment, beyond Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

For her the other “evil state actor” is China, with whom “we are in strategic competition in the Western Hemisphere ”.

Twenty-one of the 31 countries in the region have joined the Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road, a global infrastructure development strategy launched by Beijing.

The Asian giant invests in critical infrastructure, Richardson warned, such as deep-water ports, space or telecommunications, with 5G networks and the multinational Huawei.

For what reason? Question. “If I had to guess, they are probably offered a discount”, in a context of economic hardship aggravated by the pandemic that hit the region hard, where at least 170 million people live in poverty.

USA urged several Latin American countries to donate their Russian equipment to Ukraine

“Seeing the invasion and the tentacles of the PRC in the Western Hemisphere countries so close to the United States is very concerning to me,” Richardson said. (AP)

The United States has a third adversary: ​​the transnational criminal organizations that inject “insecurity and instability”, which China and Russia are precisely taking advantage of, according to it to “settle in and prosper”.

These networks are nourished by human trafficking, drug smuggling, unregulated logging, illegal mining,because it is a region rich in resources and rare earths, with the so-called Lithium Triangle (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile), a much-needed metal for technology.

It also overflows with oil resources, copper, gold. This is without counting the Amazon, the lungs of the world, and 31% of the Earth's fresh water.

An area “out of the ordinary”, she summarizes, with “incredible” trade, from which China benefits to a large extent, since it has become the main trading partner of some Latin American countries, relegating the United States to second place.< /p>

The value of trade between the Asian colossus and Latin America and the Caribbean has risen from 18,000 million in 2002 to approximately450,000 today, and is on the way to 750,000 “in the near future,” predicts Richardson. “There is a lot at stake,” he said.

(With information from AFP)

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