Washington Disapproves of Latin American Countries’ Attempts at Independence, Says Russian Ambassador to Brazil

Russian Ambassador to Brazil Alexei Lapitsky said that the transition of Latin American countries to independent politics is facing American rejection, and the James Monroe doctrine is still rooted in the minds of American political elites.

He added: “We must understand very well that our American colleagues simply still live by the Monroe Doctrine, which no one has canceled, and it has become entrenched in the minds of American political elites. Any independent steps demonstrated by the countries of South or Central America and the Caribbean cause a reaction of rejection in Americans.

He continued: The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Brazil confirmed the desire of Moscow and Brazil to develop friendly relations between themselves.

He added: “The main result of this visit is the strengthening of strategic partnership and political dialogue, economic relations are successfully developing.”

The doctrine is named after US President James Monroe (1817-1825), who pursued a policy of opposition to European colonialism in the Western Hemisphere. In his December 2, 1823, annual message to Congress, Monroe spoke of four basic principles:

  • The United States must not interfere in the internal affairs of the European powers or in any war between them.
  • Recognition by the United States of the then European colonies in the Western Hemisphere and non-intervention in them.
  • Western powers do not have the right to colonize any new territories in the Western Hemisphere in the future.
  • Any attempt by a European country to control or suppress any country in the Western Hemisphere will be seen as an act of hostility against the United States.

In his declaration, Monroe said that the “Old World” and “New World” had different systems and should remain separate oceans.

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