Brazil’s Bolsonaro sees threat in Russian Federation, considers United States base

Cristina Cross
January 7, 2019

A visit to Venezuela by two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers in December infuriated the US government and alarmed Brazil's military.

The newly inaugurated leader, speaking at an Air Force swearing-in ceremony on Friday, further said he is concerned that the latest proposal for the sale of 80 percent of Embraer's commercial aviation business to Boeing Co could ultimately lead to the US planemaker owning all of the new venture.

Sometimes called the "Trump of the tropics" for his blustery style and disdain of multilateral forums, he said in the same TV interview he was open to discussing the opening of a United States military base in Brazil.

Former Brazilian national security secretary Jose Vicente da Silva believes such a base could be advantageous.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed he will move his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and said the main nation objecting to that is Iran, not Arab countries. "Brazil has American technology to monitor borders and could obtain new technologies", Da Silva told The Associated Press.

With the start of the new year, Brazil is about to witness a slew of changes in both the government and civic society.

Brazil's newly inaugurated government ordered the security force officers to be sent to the state on Friday after a series of attacks on banks, public buildings and vehicles.

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Camilo Santana, the governor of Ceara state, said 45 people had been arrested in connection with the dozens of attacks, which have hit 15 cities in the state, including the capital, Fortaleza.

In one attack, explosives badly damaged a pillar supporting a flyover road in the town of Caucaia, just to the west of Fortaleza.

Authorities have said the attacks were ordered by organized crime groups in retaliation for plans to impose tighter controls in the state's prisons.

The president argued that Brazil did not want to become a South American super-power, noting that still, the country should have a dominant position in comparison with regional states.

Mr Moro previously led a vast investigation into Brazilian corruption known as Operation Car Wash.

2017 were registered in Brazil almost 64,000 murders.

Since his inauguration on Tuesday, Bolsonaro has used executive orders to open up Brazil's economy, crack down on violent drug gangs and redraw the country's foreign policy while pushing conservative social measures.

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