Interview: Russia's Ties To Venezuela Give It 'Nuisance Power' Over The U.S.
Robert Coalson

FIIA’s Senior Research Fellow Mikael Wigell commented on the relationship between Russia and Venezuela in an interview for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (24.1). On a question regarding direct mutual bilateral interests between the countries as well as their individual relations with the US, Wigell stated that: “Moscow’s interest in Venezuela is driven by its quite tense relations with the United States and it wants to [provide a counterbalance to] the United States. Establishing close relations with Venezuela gives Moscow a certain nuisance power in relation to the United States, and that can be used as a bargaining chip in future dealings with the United States. It also can be kind of a showcase for Russia’s aspirations to be considered a global power”.

Link to the whole interview.

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