And what would happen if Venezuela had a new president, stopped reimbursing their debt to China and Russia and also stopped delivering oil as payment and put themselves under US protection? That’s not the nice or even decent way of doing things but since when has Venezuela been doing nice and decent things in the more recent past? Russia and China are sleeping on a pile of junk debt.
If Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime falls, Vladimir Putin will have to write off yet another costly geopolitical bet. Just don’t expect Moscow to stop taking such gambles as it tries to counter U.S. influence across the globe.