Sep 19, 2008
Uneasy about how chummy Russia and Venezuela have been? Well, guess what! Bolivia has joined the party. According to CNN, Bolivian President Evo Morales says he regrets not deepening Bolivia's ties to Russia years ago. A week after kicking out the U.S. ambassador, Morales says his administration "lost 2 ½ years in not strengthening relations with Russia" and will now "use its time wisely" to build better ties. Morales says Bolivia plans to seek Russian aid in energy, agriculture, and defense.
How does the U.S. feel about that? U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked Russia's efforts to make allies in Latin America in a scathing speech that labeled the former Cold War foe as isolated and irrelevant.