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What’s Russia Up to in Mexico?

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Vladimir Putin’s interest in Latin America is well documented. In Venezuela, Russia has gained a foothold in the energy sector and vast oilfields in exchange for financing Nicolás Maduro’s regime. It should come as no surprise that Russia has refused to recognize Juan Guaidó’s interim presidency or that the Kremlin’s RT website repeatedly parrots Maduro’s deceitful talking points. But with Maduro’s government now on the brink of collapse, Russia has begun to look elsewhere. If a recent high-level conference is any indication, Putin and his cronies have managed to find a new willing partner even closer to the United States: Mexico.

In a Feb. 7 meeting, covered with great fanfare by both RT and state-run news wire Sputnik, Mexican lawmakers welcomed a Russian delegation to discuss investment opportunities in Mexico’s energy sector. Congressman Manuel Rodríguez, who chairs the lower chamber’s energy commission, sang the guests’ praises. “It’s a great honor to be here among members of the Russian legislature and a group of businessmen from Russia, a great nation and a friend of Mexico,” Rodríguez said. Cora Pinedo, a senator, told reporters that, given its “vast experience” in the field, Russia has “plenty to teach” Mexico. She then echoed her colleague Rodríguez’s excitement: She had been “honored” to host the Russian delegation.

By itself, the meeting might not be newsworthy: Members of the........

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