So the US Department of State confirmed today that the US Agency for International Development is getting booted from Russia.
What does this have to do with Latin America? Well, in theory, a few Latin American nations are mulling getting rid of USAID also.
In June, the political council of the eight-nation ALBA bloc of countries, led by Venezuela, asked members to “immediately expel” USAID, accusing it of “destabilizing our legitimate governments.”
In July, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, who may run for re-election in February, warned supporters that USAID was fueling the opposition by pumping millions into “democracy strengthening” projects.
Correa said he’s writing up new rules for USAID.
“If they don’t want to follow them, then ‘So long,’” he said. “Go help some other country.”
So far, none of the nations have followed through on the threat and Ecuador has yet to announce its new guidelines. But it will be interesting to see if the Russian move is the begin of....
And you can read the State Department's statement here.