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Venezuela Could Become Putin’s First Major Geopolitical Defeat

Luis Orozco

Posted on February 10, 2019 23:04

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Twenty years after Hugo Chavez’ rise, Venezuela is about to become Putin’s first geopolitical major disaster, considering that the socialist regime could be about to fall.

Since the beginning of his infamous dictatorship, Vladimir Putin never hid his ambition of recovering the geopolitical power that Russia lost after its historical defeat in the Cold War. In addition to the inhuman repression and his authoritarian vein, the moves to recover his country’s influence in the world has been the common denominator of his long and cold tyranny.

The fact that he intervened in the political process of 27 different nations across the globe clearly shows his ambition. Of course, among these political events, it was included some historical situations as the Brexit and Donald Trump’s election.

However, his main achievement in the international arena was to turn the Syrian civil war into an unsolvable issue. Especially when you take into consideration that America and Europe were the main figures at the beginning of the conflict.

Incredibly, Putin managed not only to intervene and save Bashar Al Assad’s regime but also to become the most important piece in the toxic puzzle that the Syrian war has turned into. Undoubtedly, we’re talking about a geopolitical victory that reveals his strategic abilities and the fact that just as what happened during the Soviet Union, Russia will keep playing against the West’s interests.

Basically, Putin’s modus operandi has been to intervene in every political situation that seems convulsive or chaotic. And as you can imagine, the Venezuelan crisis had all the ingredients that the Kremlin loved. In fact, it was really attractive because this is an oil-rich nation that it was getting out of the U.S. influence, despite the fact that it’s located quite near to it.

Of course, this was always a very risky move, considering the dangers of making this kind of operation in the Western Hemisphere, a region that the U.S. will always prevent from turning into a destabilizing faction of a foreign player.

Twenty years after Hugo Chavez’ rise, Venezuela is about to become Putin’s first geopolitical major disaster, considering that the socialist regime could be about to fall, and the Kremlin has spent an incredible amount of money and resources to protect it.

Given the fact that the socialist regime has an incredible debt with Russia to the point where it gave almost 50 percent of Citgo Petroleum’s shares, Putin has been doing major efforts to save Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and his genocidal tyranny. If everything fails, it seems quite complicated that the Kremlin could still get these benefits with a new U.S.-backed government in Caracas.

While everything could happen at this point, the truth is that Venezuela could represent for Putin’s Russia what Cuba represented for the Soviet Union. An anti-American regime that ruined the Kremlin by managing to gain its financial support, without providing anything in return.

Basically, if Maduro falls, Putin would be experiencing not only a terrible defeat but also an unexpected weakening of his leadership. After all, no one would ignore that betting so much on Venezuela was a historic mistake.

Luis Orozco

Posted on February 10, 2019 23:04

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