In the midst of the Crimea Crisis back in April 2014, stopping and negotiating in Kiev was not on the itinerary for Russian Chancellor Sergei Lavrov. He did not rush to the scene where the United Nations was putting great pressure on the evacuation of Russian forces and hoping to create a Security Resolution, no, Lavrov’s eyes were set on Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru, and Chile.
The question is, why was Russia’s head chancellor venturing to Latin America while the biggest crisis between Russia and the Western since the Cold War, had erupted? Although Obama is constantly scolded by Putin for referring to Russia as a “regional power,” Russia has been very active in trying to change that.
The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that Lavrov made the tour to, “delve into issues of bilateral cooperation” and “review [previously] approved agreements.”
At the same time, Lavrov specifically thanked Cuban and Nicaraguan presidents for their vote against U.N. condemnation of Russian actions in Crimea back in April.
Larvov happily met with Raul Castro and continued on to Nicaragua, Peru and finished up in Santiago, Chile.
Later, as known, Putin returned in July for another tour of various Latin American Nations.