Vladimir Putin embarks on a 6 days tour of Latin America while seeking a greater influence close to USA and being faced with pressure from different countries to restrain the pro-Russian separatists that are fighting with the Ukrainian government.
The first stop is Cuba. After, President Putin will visit Brazil and Argentina for bilateral talks. The visit in Brazil also includes the participation in a summit of the emerging market nations including South Africa, China, India, Russia and Brazil.
The current schedule sees Vladimir Putin meeting with President Raul Castro and former president Fidel Castro, two adversaries of US.
Vladimir Putin’s agenda does not include military issues in Cuba as Raul Castro is currently trying to build more pragmatic relations with USA. The visit is focused on commercial agreements. This includes oil deals as Cuba states there are 20 billion barrels in the country’s waters while US says only 4.6 billion barrels can be found there.