Putin To Visit Latin America To Bolster Ties With Western Allies
His visit is preceded by a tour of Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru and Chile last May by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
According to Putin’s aide and former Russian Ambassador to the US, Yuri Ushakov, the Russian president is scheduled to meet with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana and with his brother, President Raúl Castro on July 11.
“An informal meeting with Fidel Castro will take place,” Ushakov said to international media in Moscow. “He is 87 years old, no longer in charge of the country, nor the party, but he remains the leader of the Cuban revolution. He also continues being interested in the development of world events.”
While in Havana, Putin is also expected to meet with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to discuss the new, proposed inter oceanic canal that will be built in the Central American nation. Construction is sscheduled to start in December.
Putin will then head to Argentina on July 12, and from there to Brazil, where he will participate in the VI Summit of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the leading emerging economies of the world, July 15 to 17 in Fortaleza, Brazil. A side meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Roussef is also in his agenda.