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Cuba, Venezuela & Others Offered U.S. Military Equipment In Exchange to Send Old Russian Weapons to Ukraine

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The Biden administration has reportedly offered Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and six other Latin American nations U.S. military equipment if they’ll give old Russian weapons to Ukraine.

U.S. SouthCom Commander General Laura Richardson spoke to the Atlantic Council on January 19th.

Watch Richardson discuss the request in this interview:

“If I talk to my number two, um, adversary in the region, Russia, I mean I’ve got of course the countries Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with Russia relationships. What I really look, and six other countries by the way, so a total of nine that have Russian equipment in them and we’re working to replace that Russian equipment with United States equipment if those countries want to donate it to Ukraine or the cause that’s happening and be able to replace that with U.S. equipment,” Richardson explained.

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Richardson also discussed Latin American trade and economic resources in the region.

“This region, why this region matters with all of its rich resources and rare earth elements. You’ve got the Lithium Triangle, which is needed for technology today,” she said.

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Lithium-ion batteries are used in many electronics such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops.

They’re also used to manufacturer electric vehicles, which the climate cultists wish to mandate on the entire population to ‘save the planet.’

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“60 percent of the world’s lithium is in the Lithium Triangle – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile,” Richardson explained.

“You just have the largest oil reserves light sweet crude discovered off of Guyana over a year ago. You have Venezuela’s resources, as well, with oil, copper [and] gold.”

“We have the Amazon lungs of the world. We have 31% of the world’s fresh water in this region too,” she added.

Richardson continued to discuss trade and how the United States is number two behind China in the region.

“I mean it’s just off the charts but then when you talk about trade, trade is unbelievable, the trade in the region. You know I talked about all the ties that we have with this hemisphere but the PRC in a lot of our countries in this region is the number one trade partner,” she said.

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Richardson made these comments last year about the region’s ‘rich resources.’

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teleSUR had further details:

On Thursday, Gen. Laura Richardson, the head of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), acknowledged that Washington has asked several Latin American countries to donate military equipment purchased from Russia to Ukraine.

“Speaking to the Atlantic Council, a think tank backed by NATO and funded by the U.S. weapons industry, Richardson stated that a total of nine Latin American countries have Russian equipment,” outlet RT reported.

She mentioned that the Pentagon is working to replace the Russian equipment with U.S. equipment “if those countries want to donate it to Ukraine.”

Currently, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela have Russian weapons, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“We have a lot at stake. This region matters. It has a lot to do with national security. We need to step up our game,” SOUTHCOM Gen. Richardson said referring to Latin America.

On Friday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia questioned US attempts to urge Latin American countries to hand over available Russian-origin weaponry to Ukraine in exchange for the delivery of US equipment.

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