(FOX News Latino) “The Russians are very aggressively trying to expand into every market they can with their arms,” said Andrew Kuchins, the director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Washington D.C.-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “A large and important economy like Brazil is a big opportunity for Russia.”
If Brazil does agree to put Russia’s Sukhois fighter jet in contention – or fails to choose Boeing in the F-X2 bid – the move could be seen as another snub against the U.S. by the Rousseff administration. The Brazilian president already cancelled a state visit to Washington in protest over the NSA scandal and, during her speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Rousseff blasted the U.S. and called the NSA spy program “a breach of international law.”
It was a tone that did not go unnoticed in terms of geopolitical implications.
“Brazil’s relationship with the U.S. right now is strained and they are very angry over the NSA scandal,” Kuchins said. “If they want to let the U.S. know their frustration, not buying the F-18s would be one way of expressing it.” […]
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