So, big Ivan’s coming out to play with our good friend Chavez.
Russian warships have set off for Venezuela for joint exercises unprecedented since the Cold War.
The fleet of ships, headed by the nuclear-powered Peter the Great cruiser, set off from its base at Severomorsk in the Arctic.
The ships are due to take part in joint manoeuvres with Venezuela in November.
The move is seen as a rebuff to the United States, which is facing increasingly fraught relationships with the two nations.
Now, of course, everyone will point to this as a chance for the rebirth of the Cold War.
I just don’t think so.
The Russians scraping together a few operational ships and coming down for an exercise is just not on the scale that the Cold War was, nor will it be. Truth be told, I just don’t think the Russian Mafia Economy can support what would be needed to have a true re-birth of the Cold War. However, it’s obvious that the players involved see this is a great stand against Uncle Sam.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who will visit Moscow this week, said on Sunday that Latin America needed a strong friendship with Russia to help reduce Washington’s influence in the region.
A staunch critic of the US, he backed Russian intervention in Georgia last month and has accused Washington of being scared of Moscow’s “new world potential”.
Mr Sechin also warned the US not to view Latin America as its own backyard. “It would be wrong to talk about one nation having exclusive rights to this zone,” he told the Associated Press.
Should be a good time.