Castro's Russian Power Play Over the European Union

Friday, May 2, 2014
This week, the Castro regime made it absolutely clear that the new "dialogue" with the European Union ("EU") will be a "monologue" on their terms.

In other words, it will be solely about doing business with Castro's monopolies, financial bailouts and diplomatic normalization -- nothing in terms of democratization or human rights.

It's for this reason that while Castro's Deputy Foreign Minister, Abelardo Moreno, was meeting in Havana with Christian Leffler, the top EU diplomat for the Americas, both Raul Castro and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez were simultaneously embracing Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was "coincidentally" invited to Cuba at the same time.

Needless to say, it was no coincidence.

Not only was Castro parading (and yachting) Lavrov throughout the island, they were publicly slamming the EU for sanctioning Russia over its illegal aggression in the Ukraine.

The "poke in the eye" to the EU sent a clear message -- it'll be Castro's way or the highway.

This is based on Castro's political calculus of what the EU really cares about -- business.

It's similar to Putin's political calculus, which was recently best explained by Ben Judah in Politico ("Why Russia No Longer Fears the West."):

"European elites are more concerned about making money than standing up to [Putin]. The evidence is there [...] Brussels today, Russia believes, talks about human rights but no longer believes in it. Europe is really run by an elite with the morality of the hedge fund: Make money at all costs and move it offshore."