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Russia is ready to cooperate with Latin America after the departure of American and European companies, but the West is putting pressure on countries region. This was stated by the director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Shchetinin, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“Latin Americans are under powerful pressure from the collective West, which uses the entire arsenal of means for this, and political influence, and economic messages, and blackmail»,— said the diplomat.
Schetinin noted that the authorities of Western countries do not take into account the socio-economic consequences of sanctions against Russia in the energy, financial and food sectors.
On March 5, American officials held talks with representatives of Venezuela. As sources told The New York Times, they tried to urge the country's leadership to distance themselves from Russia against the background of the military operation in Ukraine.
Later, a group of US senators sent a letter to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urging Russia to be stripped of its permanent observer status with the Organization of American States (OAS) in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The OAS includes the countries of North and South America, with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. About 70 countries act as observers in the organization, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia and others.
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Then the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said that the senators were trying to sow discord between Russia and the countries of Latin America. Their proposal was a manifestation of the Monroe Doctrine, the official said. According to Antonov, it is based on US neglect of the interests of Latin American states and the desire to impose its will.
The “Monroe Doctrine” formulated by the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe, in a message to Congress in 1823. The main idea— inadmissibility of involvement of the countries of the Western Hemisphere in the conflicts of European states.