Nicaragua is no prize for Russia
Russia again plants its flag in Nicaragua, stirring fears in the U.S.Nicaragua is pretty much a failed state whose biggest export appears to be refugees trying to escape from the murder and mayhem. The Russians might like to use it as a base for projecting power in this hemisphere but they will also have to deal with the endemic crime and corruption that exist there. It will be an expensive project for a country that is already burning through its currency reserves as a result of the drop in the price of oil.
Three decades after Nicaragua became the prize in a Cold War battle with Washington, Russia is once again making its presence known in the Central American nation. Over the past two years, it has added muscle to its security partnership there, selling tanks and weapons and sending troops. The Russian surge appears to be part of the Kremlin’s expansionist foreign policy.