Russian Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean: Return to the 'Strategic Game' in a Complex-Interdependent Post-Cold War World? [open pdf - 337KB]
"In February 2015, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Latin America to meet with leaders and defense officials in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Although the visit included Russian participation in a Venezuelan military exercise, the focus of the meetings in all three countries was on access to ports and airfields in the region in order to support Russian military operations in the vicinity of the United States. The discussions bore the most fruit in Nicaragua, where Minister Shoigu signed an agreement to facilitate Russian access to the ports of Corinto and Bluefields, as well as strengthening counterdrug cooperation and discussing weapons sales."
U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/