Weekly Report - 20 January 2022 (WR-22-03)

Tensions over Ukraine spread to Latin America

While a repeat of the 13 days of acute tensions that unfolded during the Cuban Missile Crisis remains a remote prospect, memories have been stirred nearly 60 years on from the political and military standoff of 1962 after Russian government officials responded to mounting tensions over Ukraine by suggesting that Russia could send military assets to allies in Latin America, namely Cuba and Venezuela. The US government dismissed the possibility of a Russian military threat in its own backyard as bluster, but any suggestion of Latin America being sucked into great power rivalries will have caused alarm in the region.

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