New president says he might allow a U.S. military base in Brazil

Jan 5, 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that he might consider allowing the U.S. to establish a military base in his country. “This might happen in the future depending on what Russia does in Venezuela,” he said.

Jair Bolsonaro

Following a meeting earlier in the week with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Bolsonaro said he is eager to establish a close alliance with the U.S. He added that with the renewed military interests of Russia and China it is important that Brazil choose its allies carefully. “Once again, the geopolitical balance of power is important and it is something we should keep a close eye on.”

Bolsonaro said that his primary interest is establishing a strong economic relationship with the U.S. “Brazil’s stance, first and foremost, will be develop business and trade arrangements with the U.S.,” he said. “On the other hand, we are keeping a close watch on Russia’s recent maneuvers in Venezuela since this could affect the stability of Brazil as well as the rest of the region.”

He added: “We do not want the dominance of a super power in Brazil but we must be wary of interference that could tip the balance of power. Under certain circumstances, we might allow the U.S. to establish a military base in Brazil.”

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