Latin America File: Russia tests resolve of incoming Trump Admin, pokes its nose into USA’s “backyard”: Dep. PM Rogozin on working tour of leftist allies in Caribbean Basin, inks bilateral agreements with Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Cuba’s Raul Castro; Rogozin, Maduro discuss Venezuela’s licensed mass production of Kalashnikov assault rifles, Russia’s supplying 30,000 to 50,000 tons of grain annually to prop up economy devastated by 17 years of “21st-century socialism”; opposition withdraws from talks with Maduro, revives demand for recall referendum to oust Hugo Chavez’s successor, release of hunger-striking dissidents; Venezuela issues new banknotes to offset 2000% inflation; Rogozin, Ortega, Nicaragua’s top general meet, possibly review Managua’s recent acquisition of 50 Russian-built battle tanks, Russian contractors building new 5-story embassy, anti-drug training center and satellite station in Nicaragua; 5 protesters, 6 police injured after clashes break out in Nueva Guinea, demos against Hong Kong-backed interoceanic canal; Rogozin confers with Cuba’s Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, signs mil tech deal, priority also given to modernizing Cuba’s energy, railway and IT infrastructures, aircraft industries

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