Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed several energy deals in Latin America as he visits the region this week. Will it hurt the US's energy influence, or is Putin just focused on expanding Russia's economic relationships?
Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden wrote in an open letter to Brazil that he can't speak freely unless he has political asylum. Snowden is currently living in Russia.