Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties

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Handout picture released by Cuban official website www.cubadebate.cu showing former Cuban president Fidel Castro (R) talking with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) on July 11, 2014 in HavanaPresident Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia’s Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow’s influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West. Putin’s six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries — an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world at a time when the Ukraine crisis has brought Moscow-Washington relations to a post-Cold War low.