… is getting just a tad firmer, with Cold War echoes:
Rusia busca afianzar su relación con Venezuela y Cuba Russia seeks to strengthen its relationship with Venezuela and Cuba.
The graphic says,
Venezuela and Cuba, Russia’s partners
Russia consolidates its strategic alliance with both countries
Russia and Cuba: Russia is Cuba’s #10 business partner
Business trade (2007): US$363 million
Russia was Cuba’s top provider from 1961-1991
Venezuela and Russia: Business trade (2007): US$1,129 million
Weapons agreements: Total amount US$4,400 million
100,000 Kalashinikov rifles, 24 Sukhoi-30 airplanes
Venezuela, Russia discuss nuclear energy, flights
Venezuela, Russia under negotiation on forming bi-national bank
Russia’s RusAl to develop bauxite, aluminum in Venezuela
Venezuela, Russia discuss 46 cooperation projects
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque will visit Russia on November 8-12 to discuss foreign political issues and bilateral relations.
Hundreds of believers attend Russian temple consecration in Havana
The Temple of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan erected in Havana is a monument to Russia-Cuba relations and a sign of their wish to develop interaction.
Russia to Loan Money to Cuba, $355 million.
UPDATE, Saturday, 8 November
Venezuela to offer Russians Crystallex gold project
Venezuela said it will offer a joint venture to Russian-owned miner Rusoro (RML.V: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to operate the Las Cristinas and Brisas gold projects, currently under contract to two Canadian companies, Mining minister Rodolfo Sanz on Thursday.
He told a Russian delegation that a memorandum of understanding would soon be signed with Rusoro.
It appeared that Sanz intends to replace the Canadian companies who operate the projects that contain some of Latin America’s largest gold deposits, with Rusoro, but he did not mention their names.
All that Russian friendship comes at a price.