Bolivia Welcomes Russia to Latin America, Decries US Terrorism

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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has said that he welcomes Russia’s presence in Latin America.

“The presence of Russia in Latin America is important for geopolitical reasons, and I want to greet this desire – Russia’s desire to cooperate with Bolivia,” Morales has proclaimed from Moscow, where he is currently on a state visit.

Expressing hope that Russia will be present “throughout Latin America,” the Bolivian leader declared support for the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

We support Putin in his policy of ensuring peace throughout the world while respecting social justice, and working together for the benefit of humanity will always be our responsibility,” emphasized Morales.

The president of Bolivia also announced that he has met with representatives of Russian companies which, in his words, are very interested in investing in lithium production and have agreed to meet with officials from Bolivian ministries and departments to study the matter.

In addition, Morales said that he met with representatives of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, who want to cooperate with Bolivia in the development of deposits.

Meanwhile, the Bolivian president called the arrest of former Brazilian President Lula politically-motivated and commented on bilateral relations with Brazil, including the possible election of the “neo-liberal Trump wannabe” Jair Bolsonaro.

Morales claimed that a “new Condor plan” is being implemented in South America. According to him, the difference with the 1970’s is that the new coups are political, not military.

“Operation Condor” was a US-orchestrated campaign of violent coup d’etats and repression and terror against anti-neo-liberal movements in South America in the 1970’s and ’80’s. According to some investigations, the “Condor killing-spree” resulted in the murder of approximately 60,000 people. The main targets of this violence were popular left movements and people deemed “pro-Soviet.” 

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“These scams are not military coups now,” said the politician, who is currently visiting the Russian capital, Moscow.

Morales added that no “right-wing” president has been deposed in recent decades, unlike as has happened with popular leftist presidents, such as in the case of the “congressional coup against Dilma,” the last elected President of Brazil, before she was replaced by the American stooge Michel Temer.

The head of state also took the opportunity to express his support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose arrest, according to Morales, was political.

Commenting on the presidential elections in Brazil, to be held next October, Morales said that Bolivia will respect the outcome of the elections in the country, regardless of who wins: right or left.

However, the Bolivian leader said that in the case of the hypothetical victory of Jair Bolsonaro, relations with the country must change.

“There will not be a chemistry, as with Lula, to think about the most needy,” he argued.

“Where the right or neoliberalism returns, poverty and injustice grow,” Morales reportedly remarked.

However, the president concluded, “[Bolivia] will follow the outcome of the elections, either to the left or to the right, in order to respect [the result] and to be able to work together.”

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