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Thu Aug 8, 2019, 06:10 AM

Russia's Take on Puerto Rico Independence

During the Cold War, the United States and Russia used Puerto Rico and Cuba to demonstrate the value of their opposing economic and political systems. “When the cold war was going on they were like showcases for the world to see which system actually works,” Harry Franqui-Rivera of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College told The Guardian.

The Cold War is over, but Russia continues to meddle in U.S. politics, largely by working to intensify conflicts in the United States. Campaigns included efforts to persuade African-American voters to boycott the 2016 presidential election, calls for supporters of Bernie Sanders to vote for Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, and promotion of separatist movements in California and Texas.

With Puerto Rico back in political headlines, could Russia be looking for another divisive issue to exploit?

While many Americans continue to be confused about the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, the problems inherent in that relationship are recognized by other nations as a contradiction to America’s claim to be a beacon of liberty and democracy. Negotiations expert William Ury learned this during negotiations with Chechnya and Russia.

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/russias-take-on-puerto-rico-independence/#.XUvzKhjPzIU

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